Angular Cheilitis or a Cold Sore?

In order to determine the best course of treatment for your condition, it’s important to be able to tell the difference between Angular Cheilitis and a cold sore. Many people confuse the two because some of the symptoms associated with each condition can be very similar.

Herpes simplex

Cold sores can be effectively treated but not cured. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are highly contagious. The virus spreads through contact with other infected people and stays with you forever.

Cold sores are small blisters around the mouth area that generally will heal by themselves within a few weeks, although healing can be expedited with creams and medications.

Cold sore symptoms:

  • Blisters or sores on or around the mouth that may ooze
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Tingling or itching around the mouth and lips
  • Headache and muscle achea
  • Angular cheilitis (Perleche)

Angular Cheilitis is not caused by a virus and is completely curable. It can be a chronic condition for many people, especially for those with little understanding of what commonly causes it.

Angular Cheilitis is actually generally a symptom of an underlying problem. Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances within the body are often to blame. This is crucial to understand in order to find a permanent cure.

Angular Cheilitis is not a skin disease and can not be cured by medications or creams. Often these are prescribed but don’t really help.

Symptoms of Angular Cheilitis include:

  • Extremely dry lips
  • Painful cracks or bumps around the corners of the mouth
  • Bleeding
  • Redness around the mouth
  • A sore or stinging sensation around the mouth
  • White coating on the tongue
  • Lesions and crusting around the corners of the mouth
  • Pain when laughing, eating, or smiling

Being able to correctly identify cold sores and Angular Cheilitis can mean the difference between treatment and a cure.
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