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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is angular cheilitis?

Inflammation of the corners of the lips. Causes include infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) and irritants e.g. constant contact with saliva, excessive dryness. It is more common in people with nutritional deficiencies and immune system disorders.

Symptoms of angular cheilitis

  • Lip sores or erosions

Questions your doctor may ask to check for angular cheilitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose angular cheilitis

  • Do you have sores or erosions on your lips?

Treatment for angular cheilitis

Lip balm and petroleum jelly can keep the lips moist. Treatment also depends on the cause. Antibiotic or antifungal creams can be given in infections, or vitamin supplements in deficiencies.

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  • Lip sores


  • Cabras M, Gambino A, Broccoletti R, Lodi G, Arduino PG. Treatment of angular cheilitis: A narrative review and authors' clinical experience. Oral Dis. 2019 Aug 29. doi: 10.1111/odi.13183. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31464357.

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