Angular cheilitis and vitamin deficiencies can often go hand in hand. Indeed, there are many supplements which can be used in the long term both to protect you from and cure you of this painful, debilitating condition.
Angular cheilitis is characterized by the appearance of painful, tiny cracks and splits which appear around the corners of the mouth. If left untreated, they can develop into weeping, crusty sores which not only look unsightly, but make all the everyday necessities such as speaking, eating and drinking so terribly painful.
Although many people believe that angular cheilitis is caused by the weather-namely extremes of temperature and other factors, such as the accumulation of moisture around the mouth, this is only a part of the story. The definition of angular cheilitis is the development of a bacterial or fungal condition around the lips and this is why it can be so difficult to eradicate.
If you have a vitamin deficiency, then you will certainly be more prone to developing angular cheilitis should the initial trigger be there-for example, cold weather, lip-licking, dribbling or indeed anything which causes moisture to be present around the lips.
Angular Cheilitis Vitamin Deficiency
If you believe that the onset of your angular cheilitis was due to a vitamin deficiency, then what should you do? Well, eating a good, healthy balanced diet is a great start to resolving the underlying reason why an apparently simple skin irritation has developed into something so persistent and difficult to eradicate. If you are deficient in essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, your body simply cannot fight the aggressive bacteria and fungi which are responsible.
When your immune system is weaker than it should be, even bacteria which is normally harmless can cause serious damage. The good news is that by ensuring that you have the right intake of nutrients, you can prevent further outbreaks, even when the external trigger factors are present. Of course, though, you need to know how to quickly eliminate the pain and splitting from your current outbreak and we shall move onto this later. Although angular cheilitis and vitamin deficiency probability must be addressed, this approach can take a while to work and so the priority now is to eliminate your pain and discomfort.
In general, a good all round vitamin supplement should be sufficient as a preventative measure as long as you take this in conjunction will a healthy diet which is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, grains and moderate quantities of lean meats. One vitamin in particular is believed to be implicated in the development of angular cheilitis and this is a lack of the B group of vitamins. Therefore, as well as a general supplement, you should ensure that your intake of Vitamin B rich foods is high. These include spinach, peppers, cabbage and carrots. Other excellent sources include fortified cereals and wholegrain foods. The component, B12 is only found in meats, fish or dairy food so if you are a vegan, you may need to consider additional supplementation.
Eating will ensure that your angular cheilitis and associated vitamin deficiency are not a problem in the long term, but in the short term you will need to adopt strategies which will alleviate your pain and discomfort.
Start off by thinking about what your initial trigger factors might be; If you think you are particularly sensitive to cold weather, then wear a cotton scarf to cover your mouth when out and about as well as a generous layer of unperfumed lip salve. If you find that saliva escapes from the edges of the mouth, is this due to badly fitting dentures? If you are a pen chewer, nail biter or finger-sucker, then this can be discouraged by painting some of that bitter anti-nail biting solution on the offending objects (easily available from most pharmacies).
It can take up to around three months for an angular cheilitis vitamin deficiency to be remedied, so in the meantime, you might want to consider the system I recommend which teach you how to cure angular cheilitis the natural way.