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Angular cheilitis: causes, home remedies and therapy
Inflamed corners of the mouth are uncomfortable and hurt, but usually remain harmless. The corners of the mouth tear, are red and ignite. There is an uncomfortable feeling of tension when speaking, yawning, laughing and also when eating. Inflamed corners of the mouth can occur on one side as well as on both sides. Other names for this include lazy corners, corner of the mouth, sparrow corners or Perlèche.
The different causes
Dry lips due to dry heating air are common causes of inflamed corners of the mouth. High humidity or constant licking of the lips and corners of the mouth can also lead to this.
Other causes are too spicy food, lack of certain vitamins and trace elements such as vitamin B2, vitamin C, zinc or iron. An imbalance in hormones, such as during pregnancy or during menopause, can lead to inflamed corners of the mouth.
Poorly fitting braces or prostheses are also possible causes. In addition, antibiotics, diabetes mellitus, neurodermatitis and diseases associated with increased salivation, such as Parkinson's disease and Down syndrome, are responsible for the appearance of inflamed corners of the mouth.
A frequent or long-lasting symptoms should definitely be clarified by a doctor.
Home remedies are often enough to treat the inflamed corners of the mouth. It is important to start early, at the first sign. Since not every remedy helps everyone affected by angular cheilitis, different home remedies sometimes have to be tried.
Honey is one of the popular home remedies. It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. So also with inflamed corners of the mouth. Several times a day, some honey is applied to the area in question. However, what is not easy when using honey: it should remain on the sore spot and should not be licked.
Mixture: salt, honey, lemon juice
A mixture of salt, honey and lemon juice is mixed and applied to the corner of the mouth several times a day and especially before sleep. The mixture burns a little due to the salt content, but can certainly provide relief and healing.
Coconut oil helps from the inside and outside. Coconut oil soothes and cares for irritated skin and also has a healing function. So the torn areas are supplied with this pleasantly scented oil several times a day and at the same time cared for the lips. If you don't like this oil at all, you can use olive oil as an alternative. By the way: coconut oil internally, one teaspoon full daily, strengthens the immune system and this is often something in the basement with inflamed corners of the mouth.
Myrrh tincture is an ancient, but still valuable home remedy. A cotton swab soaked with a little myrrh tincture and dabbed the inflamed areas - this burns a little at first, but is a promising treatment method that is also helpful for mouth sores, for example.
The smell of clove oil is reminiscent of Advent. However, this essential oil can also be used externally. It is essential to pay attention to pure and high quality. The principle of application applies: less is more.
A suitable zinc paste for inflamed corners of the mouth is available in every pharmacy. Zinc contributes to healing. These angular cheilitis are often caused by a lack of zinc. Here, the zinc paste and the use of a suitable zinc preparation are recommended.
Baby wound and healing ointment
A wound and healing ointment for babies is suitable for the care and healing of the torn corners of the mouth. Unfortunately, although baby products are expected to be gentle and chemical free, this is not a given. Before buying, research in Ökotest reports can be helpful here.
Chamomile is one of our grandmothers' home remedies and is still modern. A chamomile tea brewed with chamomile flowers is used to dab the affected corners of the mouth. This is best done several times a day.
If you don't like the chamomile at all, go for the lemon balm. The brewed tea is also dabbed here. Ointments containing lemon balm extract are also available in the pharmacy.
Witch hazel or witch hazel is a plant that should never be forgotten when healing wounds. Creaming with a witch hazel cream or dabbing with diluted witch hazel tincture helps to heal the inflamed corners of the mouth.
The calendula, the marigold should not be missing in the list. The marigold heals and has a disinfecting effect. Even with purulent wounds, calendula is an indispensable plant. This is used here as an ointment or as a tincture.
Homeopathy also has a number of remedies available that can help with the inflamed corners of the mouth. These include Bryonia alba (white turnip), calendula (marigold) and Antimonium crudum (black spiked shine).
Schüssler salts are used successfully and successfully in the treatment of inflamed corners of the mouth. No. 3 Ferrum phosphoricum D12, No. 8 sodium chloratum D6, No. 1 calcium fluoratum D12, No. 10 sodium sulfuricum D6 and the supplemental salt No. 22 Calcium carbonicum D6 help here. The salts can be used both internally and externally as an ointment or dissolved in a little water as a paste.
If there is an illness behind it
If there is a disease behind the inflamed corners of the mouth, it is of course to be treated first. In addition, the means mentioned can of course be used. If there is an iron deficiency, iron supplements are prescribed. Since these often cause indigestion, a visit to a naturopath is recommended. Naturopathic preparations may be sufficient to remedy the iron deficiency.
Anyone who tends to or has straight corners of the mouth should avoid hot, salty and acidic foods. The lips need moisture in the form of a care stick or other suitable lip care. Avoid constantly licking your lips. If the immune system is weakened, it is stimulated with vitamin C and zinc. In addition, taking Echinacea (coneflower) helps, but only if those affected do not suffer from an autoimmune disease. Echinacea is taken for three days, then paused for two days and this rhythm is carried out for a maximum of three weeks. After a break of one to two weeks, the Echinacea cure can be repeated.
What also stimulates the immune system is sea buckthorn. This must be consumed regularly so that it can have an effect. Taking colostrum also has a positive effect on the immune system. This is not stimulated, but rather modulated. This is a possible way, especially in the case of existing autoimmune diseases. Basically, a healthy, vitamin-rich diet that contains little animal is important. Adequate hydration should also be considered. (sw)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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