Angular Cheilitis Prescription Medications
If you have persistent, severe angular cheilitis then you should probably pay a visit to your doctor. Dermatologists, and dentists are the medical professionals most familiar with the condition, but angular cheilitis is a common ailment recognizable by most general practitioners. Only a doctor can decide whether or not your condition requires a prescription treatment. Usually over-the-counter and natural remedies can be used successfully to treat angular cheilitis. Prescription treatments are generally recommended only for the most severe cases.
(Your physician may first rely on topical treatments. Oral prescriptions can be written as well, such as Diflucan.)
If your doctor decides that your severe angular cheilitis requires a prescription treatment she will most likely offer one of two medications. Your doctor’s choice of medication will depend on the underlying cause of your angular cheilitis.
• Bacteria — If your angular cheilitis is caused by either the Staphylococcus aureus or B-Hemolytic streptococci (about 75% of cases) your doctor will most likely recommend a prescription strength anti-bacterial cream suitable for topical application.
• Fungus — If your angular cheilitis is caused by the fungus candida (about 15% of cases) your doctor will most likely prescribe an anti-fungal medication that is safe for topical use. Nystatin is a popular prescription for cheilitis. Triamcinolone acetonide is another physician favorite – a corticosteroid that is used to treat various skin conditions.
Prescription treatments are available only on recommendation from your doctor. Always make sure to discuss possible side-effects, especially applicable for pregnant and nursing women before starting any prescription treatment plan. Also, let your physician know about any pre-existing conditions and/or other medication you may be taking.