We tend to believe that doctors have all the answers and any prescription they write will unequivocally help to dispel any adverse condition we face. The truth is that any prescribed medication may be a hit or miss proposition, and that what works effectively for one person may fail miserably for the next. Of course, doctors diagnose symptoms and consider all available drugs to determine the perceived best course of action but the end result can still be unpredictable. Case in point: Consider Alcortin A, a popular prescribed topical for angular cheilitis, that may be one of the best anti-perleche medications for you … or maybe not.
Alcortin A’s primary ingredients seem promising: 1% iodoquinol, 2% hydrocortisone acetate, and 1% aloe polysaccharides. Each ingredient contains some promising properties that, at least in theory, should contain, if not eliminate, angular cheilitis.
Iodoquinol has antibacterial properties that check the growth of bacteria – perfect if the cause of perleche are bellicose bacteria strains. Iodoquinol also thwarts the growth of fungi, exactly what the doctor ordered if your perleche is fungal in nature. These antibacterial and antifungal traits may prove synergistic and form a nice 1-2 punch against perleche.
The hydrocortisone acetate, a mild corticosteroid, can alleviate the pain, itching, and swelling of angular cheilitis. The aloe polysaccharides in Alcortin A’s formulation, derived from the aloe plant, serve to reduce these same symptoms.
So on paper, Alcortin A should show some effectiveness against angular cheilitis. Upon research, you’ll find that this special combination of iodoquinol, hydrocortisone, and aloe are often recommended by dermatologists when perleche surfaces. Of further interest, I found a couple of folks on forums who thought Alcortin A worked wonders, and found other reports about the drug that were not as glowing.
One gentleman said that he experienced adverse reactions while using Alcortin A but it’s unclear if this medication was truly responsible, or perhaps he used other interventions which exacerbated the issue. Still, allergic reactions are very possible so no one can assert that this is the best medication to use.
However, we’re inclined to recommend that you follow the doctor’s course of action should he/she prescribe Alcortin A. You’ll probably be advised to rub a thin layer of the medication 3 or 4 times daily, ensuring that it does not get in the mouth. Furthermore, it’s likely that you’ll leave the area uncovered but this is up to your physician. Continue to use the topical even if/when symptoms subside for as long as the doctor advises.
Be watchful of adverse side effects, such as drying, redness, burning, irritation, rash, or swelling, and immediately report these symptoms should they occur. The product may contain an ingredient you’re allergic to, such as sulfites. (Active and inactive ingredients may present problems to the user.)
Children and pregnant or nursing women are typically more sensitive to such side effects so it’s important to review the topical’s advantages and disadvantages with your doctor. And remember, any medication that is placed at the corners of the mouth may pose greater risks as accidental ingestion is possible.
Assuming you and your doctor decide to pursue this treatment course, go slow and steady, and always observe what is transpiring. You should not look incessantly in the mirror but just keep a watchful eye from time and time, noting progress or fallback.
Alcortin A has potential to deliver benefits. Indeed, its uses are many as it’s a broad spectrum drug, prescribed for a variety of skin conditions, including perleche. Here’s hoping that you rate Alcortin A an ‘A’ for its work against angular cheiliis, but if you deem it to deserve a much lower grade, there are many other options at your disposal.