Every once in a while, I’ll wake up to a cut on one or both corners of my mouth where my top and bottom lips meet. It’s a little different than having plain old chapped lips. These cuts sting, they are deep, and they can go on for weeks without proper treatment. After spending weeks applying layer after layer of chapstick and Neosporin to these cuts with no such luck, I finally cracked the code!
There’s actually a medical name for this condition other than “those annoying little cuts on my mouth.” It’s called angular cheilitis. It’s believed that the sores arise due to a bacterial or fungal infection, vitamin deficiency, or poor closure of the mouth notably for people who wear dentures. From my experience with talking to people who deal with these open lip wounds, I have learned that once you get one, you’ll probably get another at some point in your life. Therefore, it’s good to know how to to treat them fast and effectively.
I was complaining about my never-healing mouth cuts to an old friend of mine when she surprised me and said, “I deal with those, too!” Thank goodness, I thought I was the only one! She told me an easy homeopathic remedy is vitamin B. Try adding a vitamin B complex supplement to your diet once a day and see what happens. I used to suffer for weeks with open sores, but this trick usually works within two or three days after beginning the supplement.
Go to your local pharmacy and purchase an over-the-counter tube of medicine called Abreva. Note that the tube is minuscule and around $20, but it is money well spent! Abreva was created to fight cold sores, but I thought I’d give it a whirl on my angular cheilitis. Lo and behold, it worked! The medicine is supposed to work by creating a barricade around the already infected cells on your mouth, prevents the infection from spreading, and eventually kills it off.
I have never tried this before, but if the infection is fungal-based, this is your best bet for a fast cure. You can buy anti-fungal cream over-the-counter. There are many name brands, but the generic term you are looking for is clotrimazole. I’ve used a tube to treat the infamous ringworm infection and it works wonders fighting fungus. If for whatever reason your anti-fungal cream doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, you can always ask your doctor for a prescription-strength cream for those pesky infections.
While in the process of healing, avoid licking our lips (this dries them, ironically) and stay clear of acidic foods. There’s nothing worse than getting a dab of ketchup on your cut! Ow!
These are the top three ways I have learned to treat those persistent little cuts on the corners of our mouths. I hope one works for you!