Symptoms of Angular Cheilitis are often confused with those of Cold Sores or with HIV and the related diseases. The moment we hear the word HIV, anyone is likely to panic and get worried. The first reaction in the mind of a human being is when and how did I get it. It is better to first verify the condition through a medical professional. Before we examine the symptoms of Angular Cheilitis, we must remember that this is not a contagious infection nor is it fatal in any way. The lesions or cracks on the corners of the mouth do look ugly, at times with mild bleeding, but rest assured that the infection will not go beyond that. It starts and ends in the vicinity of mouth only. If one develop the lesions during winter, the pain could be much more.
Let us now list the symptoms so that you could easily find out when someone contacts this infection merely by looking at the face of the patient.
1) Onset of Angular Cheilitis is characterized by appearance of a thick grayish spot on the corner/s of the mouth which gradually develops into a crack or lesion. These cracks can not be hidden as these involve the human face, which is the first thing others would be looking at.
2) Lesion of inflammatory type appearing on the corners of the mouth, It does not look dangerous or ugly at this point of time. An area with cracks and cuts which is at times reddish and slightly swollen would be seen. The lesions may appear on either side of the mouth in some cases but it is likely that some patients may be having lesions only on one side of their mouth. This is a very commonly found symptom.
3) Immense difficulty in opening and closing of your mouth either while talking, eating, drinking or even yawning. The sharp pain that follows thereafter might bring tears to your eyes. The pain may not last long and would vanish as fast as it surfaced out in the first place. You may forget about it after a minute or so, till it happens once again.
4) Cracked upper or lower lip which looks as if the lip is divided in two parts. This looks like a fissure or a vertical cut and bothers the patient with immense burning. At times you would feel that the lip is virtually on fire.
5) Unbearable burning sensation of the lip, which can increase by touching it with your finger or when any liquid or food particle touches it.
6) Usually these cracks or lesions do not start bleeding profusely-at the most, there could be spot or tinge of reddishness or a tiny trickle of blood. In some cases however, the cracks may bleed when some force is applied on them.
7) In some rare cases, neglected cracks or cuts may get transformed into fissures with pus and be very painful all he time.
8) In a few cases, there could be an urge to scratch the lesions as there is a considerable itching around the area-this would only make the problem worse.