While we’re not proponents of throwing everything, including the proverbial kitchen sink, at angular cheilitis, there are praiseworthy natural home treatments that deserve your attention, including honey. Although it may be counterintuitive that something that tastes so sweet can actually be good for you, honey has the necessary ‘it factor’ when it comes to defeating angular cheilitis.
Honey to the Rescue – Detoxifying Angular Cheilitis
To be clear, we’re actually recommending topical honey to put on the infection. There are four primary reasons why honey can serve as an important ally in any angular cheilitis struggle, listed as follows:
a) It is easily accessible. You can obtain it in just about any health food store, open the jar, and you’re good to go;
b) Honey has inherent antibacterial and antifungal properties, perfect for decimating offending angular cheilitis microbes;
c) It is rich in natural antioxidants and can help soothe inflamed skin; and
d) It can clear skin by opening up and unclogging pores.
The question arises: What type of honey is best to use? We’re partial to raw organic honey – obtainable from a health food store or even a farm. Such honey is non-pasteurized and non-heated. The lighter honey (white to light brown) may be preferable to its darker counterparts as darker honey can be more grainy, and we’re looking for a smoother consistency that is less abrasive. We’re on the quest for pure honey containing no chemicals or pesticides.
Manuka honey deserves special mention for its strong antibacterial nature. This honey originates from New Zealand where the bees collect the nectar from the manuka bushes or trees – the same foliage where tea tree oil is obtained. You can purchase Manuka honey online or at a health food store, and each jar should list a antibacterial factor, called A Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). The ideal potency is between 10 and 18 UMF. Predictably, the higher the UMF, the higher the cost of the honey. Still, it may be worth the expense to get Manuka honey with a high level of antibacterial fighting power to have the best chance to get rid of angular cheilitis.
Before using honey, ensure that the mouth area is perfectly clean and free of debris. Neatly coat the area with honey and leave it on as a spot treatment for at least 15 minutes at a time. Wash off with lukewarm water.
You can try this ‘honey pack’ several times a day to reduce inflammation and hasten any wound healing. Some caveats include:
a) Do not use topical honey if you’re allergic to bees or bee products;
b) Do not use on babies as it can lead to infant botulism; and
c) Consult your physician or other medical practitioner to speak about honey intervention
In summary, honey can be part of your anti-angular cheilitis program because of its soothing, antiseptic qualities and its strong antibacterial and actifungal activity. Patience may be required as it is not necessarily an overnight cure. Honey is simply another piece to the puzzle that can bring you angular cheilitis relief.