Smile, and the world smiles with you. But, if your smile is costing you a stab or pain, something should be done. Those cracks at the corners of your mouth are not just dry lips. It is angular cheilitis. I have here, the easiest ways to ease this discomfort. Have a read.
What Is Angular Cheilitis?
Sores at the corners of the mouth are an undesirable sight. But, if you have experienced chapped lips (and I know you have), you’ll understand the pain in angular cheilitis is multiplied ten-fold. You cannot talk easily, you cannot take large mouthfuls of food and definitely not scream. Why? Because the angles at the corners of the mouth are
- Dry and stiff
- Sometimes bleeding
- Red and painful lesions
[ Read: Tips To Keep Your Lips Beautiful ]
What Causes It?
Angular cheilitis or cracked lip corners is caused due to
- Bacterial and fungal infection
- Nutritional deficiencies (especially vitamin B2, iron, and zinc)
- Inadequate dentures
- Contact allergies
- Atopic or seborrheic dermatitis (1)
- Poor hygiene
You don’t have to bear the pain too long. Use these effective home remedies for angular cheilitis.
1. Olive Oil:
Olive oil, a popular presence at home, is both an antibacterial and a moisturizer. Apply a little warm olive oil over the inflamed area. It will treat the condition faster than you had thought. Ensure you apply the oil twice every day.
2. Coconut Oil:
This is one more ingredient you will not have trouble finding. Dab coconut oil over the reddened, dry area as often as you want. It moisturizes the corners and treats inflammation. Coconut oil will ease your pain as well.
[ Read: How To Use Coconut Oil As Lip Balm? ]
I always have a store of lemons in my refrigerator. Surely you do too. Fight infection in the mouth corners by rubbing lemon juice over them. Those painful cracks should heal quickly. Drink lemon juice to boost your immunity.
This sweet liquid is one of the most effective home remedies for angular cheilitis. Apply honey all over the inflamed mouth corner generously. Leave it on for 15 minutes to let it work its antifungal and antibacterial magic. Children would love this remedy.
5. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera juice has multiple uses. I have used it on my skin and found it extremely soothing. Similarly, the juice can relieve the pain of angular cheilitis while easing its symptoms as well. Refrigerate the Aloe Vera leaf. Massage the cool gel on the affected area gently and leave it on for 15 minutes. Apply 3 times daily for wonderful relief. You can use it on chapped lips too.
6. Cocoa Butter:
Cocoa butter is a great natural moisturizer. Manage the dryness around your mouth with cocoa butter application. Apply it 3 times each day to keep your lips hydrated.
Cool and soothing, bring that smile back with a cucumber. Hold a cucumber slice over the inflamed area for a while, a few times a day. This will moisturize the cracks and ease the pain.
[ Read: Benefits Of Cucumber ]
8. Baking Soda:
About twice a day, mix a little water with baking soda and apply the paste on the affected area. Rinse it 5 minutes later. Now, moisturize the area. This way you disinfect the inflammation and relieve pain.
9. Sip Water:
Dehydration is a major factor that causes cracked lips and even worsens the infection. Drink 10 glasses of water every day, taking frequent sips to prevent dryness around the mouth.
10. Homemade Lipbalm:
Make your own lip balm by mixing petroleum jelly and a little tea tree oil. They are excellent for healing the painful cracks of angular cheilitis (2). Alternately, simply dab Vaseline on the affected area as often as possible. The jelly is a good balm for chapped lips.
While all these angular cheilitis remedies are extremely effective, correcting nutritional deficiencies is important too. Have iron and B complex rich foods like spinach to prevent angular cheilitis.
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