Angular Cheilitis WebMD: Learn More About Angular Cheilitis
The information on our site, Angular Cheilitis RX, stems not only from our own varied experiences with perleche but from the copious research that we’ve conducted, using sources such as WebMD. Indeed, thousands of folks visit WebMD on a daily basis in an attempt to glean health and medical information on a host of health concerns, such as angular cheilitis.
Before we consulted this resource, we assumed that articles would attribute perleche to an undercurrent of wayward bacteria or fungi. And predictably, in their website entry entitled, “Mouth Problems, Noninjury – Topic Overview,” infection is listed as a possible cause. However, of interest, the powers that be also attribute cheilitis to a faulty diet with inadequate nutrition, and over-closure of the mouth from lack of teeth or the absence of dentures or even (implied) ill-fitting dentures.
In the article entitled, “7 Signs of Inadequate Nutrition,” WebMD once again underscores its assertion that diet may play a role in the development of the condition. Specifically, WebMD implicates a deficiency of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and/or iron as a possible angular cheilitis cause. The writer of the article suggests examining the tongue as a sign of such deficiencies. If it is swollen, a shortage of Vitamin B2 and/or iron may be responsible.
As common on the Internet, there are conflicting sources of information, however. WebMD offers forums, including topics on skin problems and oral health, and you will see questions addressed on angular cheilitis. One featured expert wrote that cheilitis should not be attributed to vitamin and mineral deficiencies unless one is hampered by digestive issue; instead, she asserts that cheilitis always arises from yeast infections. (However, other physicians believe that bacteria may alternatively play a crucial part in its formation and that there are other considerations, such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies.)
The question, “Is angular cheilitis contagious?” is another subject for debate. Most credible sources indicate that cheilitis is not contagious. Of course, another person is definitely not at risk if he/she makes no direct contact with the mouth sores. However, even if contact is made, it appears that cheilitis will not be spread to its next victim. Please note that other mouth conditions, such as cold sores, are contagious.
However, a featured WebMD expert suggested that it is possible to spread cheilitis person to person although she noted there are much more likely explanations for its appearance. But again, you’ll seldom find a 100% consensus when discussing the causes of any given ailment.
By the way, while our position is that cheilitis is not contagious, it’s still best to exercise caution and restraint if you have the condition as the ‘ick factor’ is rather large. Embrace a ‘no kissing’ stance because we cannot provide a complete guarantee that the other party will not be adversely affected. Kissing germs are easily spread so other conditions can manifest, especially if the other party is sick or has a very weak immune system.
Despite the sometimes contradictory information, WebMD is an excellent resource to learn all facets of a given condition, such as perleche. Of course, out site, is on a continuous quest to be to the ‘go to’ angular cheilitis site. But aside from our work, we recommend your viewing WebMD and other prominent health-related sites, to learn more about angular cheilitis.