Angular Cheilitis is an infection that attacks the corners of the mouth. It may be on one corner or both the corners. They are delicate dermatitis that begin with a little irritation and pain and then become a severe form that develops lack of moisture, chapping and gradually red lacerations. The infection is confined to the lips only and fortunately does not spread beyond. The person that has the infection is advised not to touch the other corner of the mouth with the same finger that was used to touch the infected corner and not to use lip balm or lipstick when you have angular cheilitis.
The causes of angular cheilitis are Deficiency of iron, zinc and vitamin B2, Poor cleanliness, age and wrongly fitted dentures. For nutrition deficiency you can take iron and B complex. Pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, sesame seeds and soya products are rich sources of iron. Non- vegetarians can take liver and red meat along with the above.
Here Are Some Natural Remedies That You May Treat At Home With:
Honey is a natural healer and is said to be a natural home remedy treatment for the infection angular cheilitis. Honey is a benefactor that helps to kill the infection in the delicate eruptions in the lip corners and aid in healing them.
Physicians are realizing the medical value of honey and are using it for its anti fungal and anti bacterial qualities that are comparable to the conventional surgical dressing.
Medical laboratories extract the polyphenols that are found in honey to make a medical standard honey that can be used to treat wounds. Honey has the antimicrobial properties to treat blisters and damage in the skin. Apply raw honey on the infected corners of the mouth often daily to get rid of the infection.
2. Virgin Coconut Oil:
Virgin coconut oil is one of the best ingredients that can heal infections. It has the property to moisturize and give a soothing effect to dry and parched skin. The effect of coconut oil in the healing and treatment in the case of angular cheilitis is much more effective. Researchers made a study and found that coconut oil used on patients with skin concerns were cured of scaly and dry skin effectively. Virgin Coconut oil has antimicrobial qualities and is very effective on the skin that it can be used for natural remedy for numerous skin ailments on its own.
3. Aloe Vera Gel:
Aloe Vera is recognized as a very efficient and effective gel that is used in the treatment of Candida, bacterial infections and fungi. Some mouth wash liquids and tooth pastes add aloe vera for its medical properties. Aloe Vera is good for the angular cheilitis that is caused due to herpes virus. It has very strong antiviral properties. Apply pure gel of aloe vera at least 2 or 3 times in a day till the infections is healed. Let the application stand for at least for one hour after application. It will add moisture to the dry skin on the lips and its corners.
4. Cocoa Butter:
Coca Butter is a rich moisturizer to keep your lips supple and soft. It helps to prevent the chapping of lips caused by dryness. Apply cocoa butter on the lip corner that is affected twice or thrice daily to treat angular cheilitis.
5. Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin E Oil:
Mix 2 tablespoon of tea tree oil and Vitamin E oil thoroughly and apply the mixture on the cracked lips corners as often and as much as it is possible daily. The mixture will effectively heal the slits at the corners of the lips.
Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and the properties of lemon can heal the angular cheilitis infection effectively. Apply lemon juice on the affected area for recovery and healing.
Cucumber juice is very effective for the moisturizing purpose and can be used to effectively cure angular cheilitis.
8. Neem Leaves:
Grind and extract the juice from freshly plucked neem leaves. Apply the juice on the angular cheilitis affected area of the mouth corner. This application will help in the destruction of infection that is caused by micro organisms.
9. Baking Soda:
Baking Soda has anti bacterial properties and can be used for the healing and treatment of angular cheilitis to get relieved of its infection soon. Medical study shows that baking soda kills away the streptococcus bacteria in the mouth infections effectively and efficiently.
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda adding a little water and apply the paste 2 or 3 times on the infected area of the mouth that will enable it to kill the infection that has caused the sore corners. Let the application be there for at least 15 minutes and rinse off. After washing it off apply a little virgin coconut oil on the lips. Repeat the application every day until you are relieved of the pain and infection.
10. Tea Tree Oil:
Studies show that tea tree oil is a effective anti fugal agent that can act against about 100 strains of candida. Dilute tea tree oil with jojoba oil or coconut oil so that the strong tea tree oil does not irritate the tender skin at the lip corners further. Angular cheilitis causes skin irritation and the use of the tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil will help cure and sooth the infection affected area. It has anti inflammatory effective qualities.
It cures the infection along with the fungus infection that makes it an effective treatment for angular cheilitis. Mix 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil with 1 table spoon of coconut oil and apply the mixture at least three times in a day to the infected lips and keep it for 1 hour to avoid aggravating the sores and wash off.