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Angular Cheilitis in Children Treatment

Angular Cheilitis is a very common ailment-it is an infection which affects people either due to bacteria or fungus or both. In adults angular cheilitis is found due to prevailing diseases such as diabetes, heart ailments and paralysis. It is also due to ill-fitting dentures at times.

In children however, the main cause of angular cheilitis is on account of malnutrition. 90% of the children are suffering from angular cheilitis due to insufficient diet, lack of good and healthy food, less supply of vitamins and vital nutrients. On global basis, we will see a large percentage of children getting affected in under-developed or developing countries where poverty is a big threat.

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If and when the children are born in a poor family, it is a curse in itself. The normal scenario is that children are given birth with no proper conditions to bring them up, parents struggling to manage two square meals and lack of education to parents and children alike. It is a pathetic situation when you notice that these under privilaged children are not aware of the problems they would face while growing up under these difficult and testing conditions.

It is worth visiting a doctor as soon as the symptoms of angular cheilitis are noticed incase of children. If such things are delayed or postponed, a minor infection can lead to more severe skin infections.

Symptoms:

1)      Cracks appearing on one or both sides of the mouth which look dry and patchy in composure. The child may experience difficulty while opening or closing the mouth. It might be extremely difficult for the child to eat, drink or even talk.

2)      Oral area will turn reddish and sores would appear in the vicinity of the mouth. The child’s lips will look unusually red and slightly swollen and puffy.

3)      Mild bleeding may occur in isolated spots which may occasionally burn. The child will wince and scream because of the pain which at times will be unbearable.

Causes:

1)      Poor Hygiene: Children play in the soil and unclean areas and contact infections quickly. They are unaware of the problems their playful mind can create and the parents can not provide continuous attention to them. They play in mud and soiled water which brings infections quickly to their sensitive and delicate skin.

2)      Vitamin and minerals deficiency: Many children are not getting proper supply of vitamins such as E, B2, B6 and B12. In the food they are provided with, they lack Iron and Zinc too. All these vital elements which ensure proper growth in children bring about are missing and their whole childhood is riddled with innumerable problems. The parents who are aware would certainly try to obviate such trying conditions for their children but the same can not be said about the parents who are not educated and are poor.

There is no reason to panic as many natural remedies are available to cure the affected children diagnosed with Angular Cheilitis.

Simply do the following:

1)      Consult a doctor. Doctor will naturally prescribe the vitamins and ointments essential to combat the ailment.

2)      Let the child drink plenty of water.

3)      Keep their oral area clean.

4)      Make the child eat fruits, green vegetables in the form he likes. Raw vegetables are most recommended. Boost their immunity by feeding them with whole grain foods, so that there is a constant supply of carbohydrates.

5)      Do not allow the child to consume fast food and spicy recipes.

6)      Brush their teeth properly and keep the areas near their mouth clean and dry.

The aforesaid discussion would help you maintain their health and they will not fall victims to such infections.

How to Treat Mild Angular Cheilitis

Angular Cheilitis when contacted starts off on a mild note. Symptom such as a single or solitary crack at the corner of the mouth on one side appears and then is followed by more cracks on the either side of the mouth. As the mouth and its vicinity is a sensitive area, even a single crack could be very painful. We can term angular cheilitis mild when the cracks appear and vanish within a couple of days. Cracks will normally not assume dangerous proportions in mild angular cheilitis and do not look ugly with the passage of time or do not get converted in lesions which bleed or have pus formation in them. In any case, it is better to discuss your problem in the initial stages itself with a medical professional so that he offers you the timely guidance as to how to cure your problem.

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If the aforesaid cracks come and go away in a short period of time, you may consider it to be a case of mild angular cheilitis. Such cases can be treated as follows:

1)      Increase intake of B-12 vitamin supplements, as mild angular cheilitis is mostly attributable to B-12 deficiency. It so happens that our usual food intake does not sufficiently provide this vital vitamin and many health problems arise due to the deficiency of B12. Please approach a reputed pharmacy if you are buying B12 and do not compromise for a cheaper or unknown brands.

2)      Drink plenty of water and keep your body hydrated at all times. A well hydrated constitution does not allow problems arising due to internal dry skin and supplies essential minerals automatically. When drinking water, ensure that the water is properly filtered.

3)      Some people have this habit of licking their lips involuntarily. It happens to speakers who need to speak for hours together. It also a trait of people who are shy or nervous. Try to cultivate this practice of not licking the lips and area surrounding your mouth, because this habit always keeps the area damp and that becomes the breeding ground for bacteria or fungus or both.

4)      If there is any accumulation of saliva in the oral region keep a dry paper tissue handy to dry it off. Use a different tissue each time. This way you shall maintain your oral hygiene to the maximum extent possible.

5)      Avoid fast food and eat healthy food. Include green leafy vegetables in the diet. Have more salads. Consume fruits whenever possible. Healthy food is the key to remove the vitamin and nutrients deficiency from the system and keep you in good shape by building up your immune system to fight many ailments on its own. Remember, if you have good immune system, your body has a perfect system to fight ailments in the initial stage itself.

6)      Do not try medications on your own initiative as a wrong choice may aggravate your problem and you could experience more problems than you already had.

7)      Try to use a known moisturizer each day so that your skin gets the required nutrient.

8)      If the symptoms of angular cheilitis does not go away, consult a dermatologist quickly.

Severe Angular Cheilitis Treatment

Angular Cheilitis is a condition wherein you have cracks or lesions around your mouth, especially at the corners. Normal cracks disappear in three to four days. In some cases however, the cracks last for a longer time and are so painful that any movement of the mouth or more precisely the lips, be it talking, eating or drinking, would bring tears to your eyes. The pain would subside when there is no oral movement. If there is fungal infection with bleeding or pus formation and if the scars or lesions start looking ugly, such cases can be classified as Severe Angular Cheilitis.

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If you feel that the cracks have not disappeared even after three days, it is time to go to a doctor, if you have not done it already. It is better to have yourself examined thoroughly, as the angular cheilitis symptoms resemble symptoms of herpes and cold sores, at least to a layman. If the cracks and lesions are looking ugly, it means there is something seriously wrong and immediate medical help is a must.

Instead of wondering as to what could be the probable cause, it is advisable to allow the doctors to examine you and decide and prescribe the right medication. Mind well, the angular cheilitis symptoms could be completely superficial and the real cause could be something you can not feel and see.

The more the delay in visiting a doctor, the more are the chances that angular cheilitis would go worse and you would have a terrible look. The lesions could go out of control and span of treatment will get extended unnecessarily.

Doctors would immediately ask you to go through the pathological test if they feel that there is some other reason for you having got the infection. Ordinarily, the three days is the time, the infection would be present and the line of treatment for such patients is pretty simple.

Since the angular cheilitis could be a result of bacterial infection or fungal infection or at times the combination of both, the medications will vary and doctor would be inclined to treat the root cause first, while simultaneously prescribing some mild creams or ointments to ease the pain created due to cracks around the mouth.

As a patient, you need to follow doctor’s advice, as otherwise lesions could stay for a long time and turn ugly with bleeding and resulting in pus formation. It must be remembered that delay or neglecting the issue can make you repent later and your social and family life could be at risk. Your friends will start giving you a weird look and suspect that you are suffering from some terrible disease and your confidence would touch a greater low.

On the other hand, if you tackle this issue right away by visiting a doctor and do what he says, you will save yourself a great deal of anxiety and will suffer less. Your routine life will not be compromised and you shall carry out your family, social and commercial duties without any hindrance.

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Chronic Angular Cheilitis Treatment using Home Remedies

Having contacted Angular Cheilitis is bad enough as it disturbs your social image as the cracks and lesions around the mouth are plainly visible and painful at the same time. In addition to the infection being painful when your mouth tries any activity, the cracks and lesions with fungal appearance is looked at by people around you with suspicion and apprehension. This particular aspect will make you emotional and will let you down morally and beyond tolerance. In such an event even the closest family will have almost deserted you and your personal life will go for a toss.

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This kind of embarrassing situation can get extended beyond the normal infection-lasting of time of three to four days, which is when Angular Cheilitis can be classified as ‘Chronic’. There are cases where the infection returns periodically especially if the patient lives in an area where the weather is extremely cold. This is not to say that Angular Cheilitis affects every one living in colder areas around the world. Let us put it this way-‘Angular Cheilitis gets aggravated in cold weather’.

If it is noticed that the Angular Cheilitis is of a recurring nature, it is advisable to visit a doctor and allow him to decide the causes and treatment. Most creams and ointments will take care of Angular Cheilitis symptoms and the cracks would vanish in two to three days, only to return after a week or so. At this point it is a debatable point and time to decide whether the cause is from ‘ within’.

We would suggest that instead of stopping the symptoms each time the cracks surface out, it is better to adopt a treatment that will ensure that the symptoms do not re-occur. In order to do that we need to examine the causes that brought Angular Cheilitis to you in the first place.

The Causes:

1)      Improper diet and eating habits which are not nutritious enough. Eating fast food is a major culprit.

2)      Dehydration: Not drinking enough water.

3)      Vitamin Deficiency.

4)      Ill-fitting dentures.

5)      Habit of licking lips involuntarily.

6)      Patients suffering from diabetes. Paralysis.

All the above conditions allow saliva to accumulate in the vicinity of mouth and the resultant dampness gives rise to bacteria and fungus to form which results in angular cheilitis.

If after initial cure the person does not overcome the aforesaid traits or improve upon the deficiencies, Angular Cheilitis may reoccur and result in having it in chronic form.

What a patient should do to avoid repeat attacks is as follows:

1)      Add nutritious food items and avoid fast food totally.

2)      Drink plenty of water so that the body is kept well hydrated at all times.

3)      Add vitamin supplements through doctor’s intervention.

4)      If you have dentures, visit your dentist to ensure that they are properly fitted.

5)      Stop licking your lips completely and force yourself not to do it and curtail that habit.

6)      Patients suffering from diabetes or paralysis should be given proper care to keep the oral area dry at all times.

7)      Apply Vaseline or doctor recommended creams to the affected areas.

With the above corrections, it is less likely that there will be a repeat attack of Angular Cheilitis.