Angular cheilitis may be driving you to drink but perhaps rubbing alcohol can serve as a solution to this enigmatic skin condition. Such alcohol is a wound disinfectant and has antibacterial properties, making it a viable option to defeat perleche.
Most rubbing alcohol is made from isopropyl alcohol, typically a 70% concentration of alcohol in water. It can potentially reduce infection and weaken or kill bacteria. This may prove useful if the cause of your perleche is bacterial in nature but utterly useless if fungi are responsible for the condition.
And even if bacteria are the culprits for the perleche, this does not mean that you should immediately run to the local store and purchase rubbing alcohol. Once again, there are more effective interventions that you can use for angular cheilitis, listed on this website. Still, the perleche may respond favorably to rubbing alcohol if you don’t over/under do it.
Should you decide to see for yourself the effects rubbing alcohol has on the angular cheilitis, ensure that the area is thoroughly clean and dry before launching the treatment. You can then gently apply the alcohol using a Q-Tip. Stinging may arise but any pain should soon dissipate. You can apply rubbing alcohol several times a day, including right before bed, and remain watchful to see how your perleche responds.
There are several reports online where folks endorse rubbing alcohol for angular cheilitis, and some people mention the benefits of following the alcohol application with a product such as Neosporin. Now the Neosporin itself does not seem to have antibacterial or antifungal potency, but it may alleviate some of the pain and prevent scars in the event that you have severe stage angular cheilitis.
Some individuals afflicted with perleche prefer a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to rubbing alcohol, claiming it is a better antibacterial disinfectant. Hydrogen peroxide for angular cheilitis may also be worth implementing but this treatment also has the potential to make the affected skin crack, burn, and become redder.
All in all, rubbing alcohol may prove advantageous for perleche improvement. It just does not seem potent enough to cure it. Be that as it may, rubbing alcohol remains a viable treatment option – one that you may wish to explore with a dose of caution and gentle application.