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Why are the corners of my mouth dry, red, sore, and cracked?

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Why are the corners of my mouth dry, red, sore, and cracked?
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Dermatology
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Dermatologist: doctor_charles, Internal Medicine Doctor replied 6 years ago
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Since how long you have this symptoms?
Have you undergone any tests?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I think it began about 2 weeks ago slowly. It started on the right side and now it is on both sides. I feel fine otherwise. I have not been seen by any doctor. I thought it would just go away. Is this serious?
Dermatologist: doctor_charles, Internal Medicine Doctor replied 6 years ago
Thanks for the info given.This condition is called angular cheilitis, also know as angular stomatitis or perlèche.The cause is frequent or persistent saliva touching the skin outside the mouth. This can occur because of a poor seal of your lips at the angles of your mouth, braces or because you frequently lick the area. Another common cause is that it can be due to vitamin or iron deficiency.Also there may be a fungal infection also.
Following will help you greatly:Apply an over-the-counter antifungal cream, such as clotrimazole, then a 1 percent topical hydrocortisone ointment an hour later.You can do this two to three times per day. This will help you greatly.Also you need blood tests to see if there is any vitamin or iron deficiency.So I advice you to make an appointment with your doctor for these tests to know the exact cause & treat accordingly.Please feel free to ask if you have any other question.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Can you give me some names of the medications that I will need so I don't have to ask anyone?
Dermatologist: doctor_charles, Internal Medicine Doctor replied 6 years ago
No,without tests exact cause cannot be known & hence the treatment.Like if it is vitamin deficiency, then you will be prescribed with multi vitamins.So I advice you to make an appointment with your doctor for these tests to know the exact cause & treat accordingly.
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