Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Looking For Natural Angular Cheilitis Cures

There are numerous cures, both natural and medicinal, for the painful and socially embarrassing condition known as angular cheilitis, cheilosis, angular stomatitis and even perleche. In spite of the number of angular cheilitis cures in existence, the condition is notoriously hard to get rid of once it has gotten a grip which means that prevention can be better than cure but this is not always possible. The best way to beat the condition is to adopt a two-pronged approach of prevention through good oral hygiene and healthy eating, and cure through medication. If you want to try to cure it naturally there are a number of things you can do to help rid yourself of the condition.

One of the fundamental angular cheilitis cures that relates to both prevention and cure is healthy eating. A lack of B vitamins and iron and manganese compromises the immune system which, in turn, can lead to cheilosis, so eating lots of green leafy vegetables and beetroot (to increase iron absorption) can help. The fungus Candida Albicans that lives in the mucous membranes of the mouth and in the digestive system is one of the major contributors to the development on perleche when there is an overgrowth of it. This fungus thrives off yeast and sugar, and a proliferation of it causes the candidiasis, or 'thrush', that leads to cheilitis. Therefore, avoiding sugar and wheat, as well as other fermented foods and alcohol is a step in the right direction towards curing not only the candidiasis but the cheilitis as well. You can also supplement your diet with a good multivitamin complex to help boost immunity and fight the condition. Drinking lots of water to help the body rid itself of toxins is not a bad idea either.

Good oral hygiene is vitally important not only in preventing angular cheilitis but in curing it. Bacteria that naturally resides in the mouth and respiratory tract can multiply and gather in the folds at the sides of the mouth as saliva is deposited there and exacerbate the formation of the unsightly and painful lesions associated with cheilitis. Two natural preventative angular cheilitis cures that are helpful here are good brushing and stringent cleaning of dentures, if you have them. Badly-fitting dentures make denture-wearers particularly prone to cheilosis so make sure yours are properly fitted by your dentist. Another preventative remedy is to keep your lips hydrated by regularly applying lip balm so that they do not become chapped. Chapped lips and continual lip-licking when there is cheilitis-causing bacteria in the mouth is a definite contributor to the reddened scaly patches of skin that can appear around the mouths of sufferers.

The angular cheilitis cures described above can safely be applied as there is no actual medicine involved but if the condition persists, it would be wise to consult a doctor for medical treatment. In addition, the symptoms of angular cheilitis can be the same as those of more serious diseases so it is a good idea to get medical advice if you have not experienced cheilosis before.