Angular Cheilitis Symptoms: Know What to Look for and Where to Look for It
The first step in determining if a person suffers from any medical condition is to understand the symptoms. Angular cheilitis has distinct symptoms that differentiate it from other common skin conditions. One mission of this website is to help a person identify angular cheilitis symptoms to determine whether or not he.she suffers from it.
Perleche develops in stages. Understanding early angular cheilitis symptoms is an important first step in developing a treatment plan.
Angular Cheilitis Symptoms – Step 1: Location, Location Location
Angular cheilitis affects a particular area of the human body—the corners of the lips. Many people will mistake early stage cheilitis for chapped lips, but it is not chapped lips. If the affected area is limited to the corners of the mouth, then chances are a person is experiencing cheilitis.
Early Stage or Mild Angular Cheilitis Symptoms
Cracks at the corners of the mouth – is the most distinctive symptom of mild angular cheilitis. These cracks can be painful, especially when opening wide to talk or eat.
Dryness of the lips – is a common symptom of mild angular cheilitis. Angular cheilitis can feel like dry or chapped lips. Just like chapped lips, many people experiencing early stage cheilitis will be tempted to lick their lips. Do not lick your lips. Angular cheilitis is caused by bacteria or fungi in human saliva. Licking your lips will only make the condition worse. Also, do not use chap-stick or lip-balm as a way to alleviate the symptoms, as these products will only moisten the area, lock in the cause of the infection, and worsen the condition.
Itching – is a common symptom of mild angular cheilitis. Because angular cheilitis is a form of cheilitis (lip inflammation) an outbreak of the condition brings with it all the discomfort of any skin inflammation (dermatitis). Those suffering from early stage cheilitis may experience persistent itching around the corners of the mouth. The itching will often feel like it originates deep beneath the skin or from the sinuses. Avoid scratching or licking the lips, as this behavior will only worsen the underlying infection that causes angular cheilitis.
Tenderness – is a common symptom of mild angular cheilitis. Again, the inflammatory immune response generated by angular cheilitis can produce tenderness or soreness, especially at the point of infection in the corners of the mouth. It may not be excruciatingly painful, but it will feel more sensitive than other parts of the face or lips.
Advanced Stage, or Severe Angular Cheilitis Symptoms
If left untreated, or mistakenly treated like another skin condition such as chapped lips or cold sores, angular cheilitis can become much more severe, and the symptoms much more painful and unpleasant. Advanced stage angular cheilitis can be extremely painful and discomforting. Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with severe angular cheilitis.
Swelling – is a common symptom of severe angular cheilitis. The inflammation causing the early stage tenderness and itching can, over time, become more pronounced. When this happens the infected area will begin to swell. The swelling may increase the discomfort of more mild symptoms such as itching and tenderness, and the inflamed area may become red and puffy.
Sores – are a common symptom of severe angular cheilitis. The cracks or cuts at the corner of the mouth, if left untreated, may continue to become irritated, especially if exposed to increased contact such as licking of the lips. In extreme cases, the sores may become open and develop additional infection, which could produce unsightly and painful pus.
Bleeding – is a painful symptom of severe angular cheilitis. If the cracks at the corners of the mouth become large enough, or inflamed enough they may start to bleed. The presence of sores increases the likelihood of bleeding.
If a person suffers from any of these symptoms than she may have angular cheilitis. If so there are a number of available treatment options, depending on the severity of the condition. Certain factors may increase a person’s predisposition to angular cheilitis. There are also safe, all-natural ways to help prevent cheilitis that can help a person become angular cheilitis free forever.
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Remember, recognizing angular cheilitis symptoms is the first step towards getting rid of it.