If you have suffered from cracks at the corner of the mouth you will know that simply smiling or eating can be painful. Often this inflammatory condition will clear up on its own but sometimes it can become a chronic issue.
Medically known as angular cheilitis this condition can be due to –
- Nutritional deficiencies (especially B vitamins, iron, zinc)
- SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) – causing malabsorption of nutrients
- Bacterial, fungal or yeast (candida) infections
- Habitual licking of mouth
A variety of other factors can contribute to Angular Cheilitis.
Elderly people can suffer from this condition due to poor nutritional status from hypochlorhydria, which means to have LOW stomach acid, common in aging which in turn leads to poor nutritional absorption.
People with a dry mouth are more likely to develop cracks at the corner of the mouth. This can develop due to dehydration or uncontrolled diabetes.
Autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease, lupus and ulcerative colitis can also make you more susceptible.
- Fix the gut and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. “SIBO may be accompanied by both maldigestion and malabsorption. “Bacteria in SIBO might significantly interfere with enzymatic, absorptive and metabolic actions of a macro-organism”.
- Eliminate aggravating foods and consider taking Cat’s claw Uncaria tomentosa.
- Take a methylated B vitamin like this one.
- Take zinc to support immunity.
- Get tested for anaemia (before taking iron supplements).
- If suffering from hypochlorhydria consider taking betaine-HCL and digestive enzymes.
- Eliminate candida
- Make an anti-fungal balm – Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 drops of oregano oil (or tea tree) and 2 drops of lavender oil. Store in the fridge to keep firm.
- Keep hydrated
With the correct treatment plan you can smile once again without the dread of cracking open that oh so small, but oh so painful little crack:-)