Amazing cure for angular cheilitis (cracks in corner of your mouth) and chapped lipscortisone
Posted 11 June 2010 - 10:36 PM
I just wanted to share my experience with trying to combat painful, annoying, and persistent cracks to the corners of my mouth (technically called angular cheilitis). My derm told me to slather Aquafor on my lips and the corners of my mouth, but no matter how much and how frequently I applied it, the cracks were extremely slow to heal. When one side would be almost healed (after WEEKS), the other would start up...and it looked absolutely horrible.
Anyway, I got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore and put a call in to the derm 4 days before my appointment (I couldn't wait!). I was told to get a 1% hydrocortisone ointment (as opposed to a cream, but that might work to some degree, as well), and apply it 3 times a day. So I headed to Walmart and bought Maximum Strength Cortizone 10 ointment ($7, I think, for a ginormous tube).
Oh..my..god! All it took was ONE DAY to heal the cracks and after three days the raw/inflamed skin around the cracks (that made me look like the Joker) was completely healed and barely noticeable. I couldn't believe it. I was finally able to yawn and eat sandwiches like a normal person. I stopped applying the ointment after three days and the cracks haven't come back (it's been a couple weeks since), which is incredible since I had been battling the cracks for over a month with Aquafor.
I also tried applying it to my lips at night and then covering the hydrocortisone with a layer of Aquafor and found that it significantly improves my lips, as well. I'm only doing it one night a week, though, because there are some side effects associated with prolonged usage of hydrocortisone, like skin thinning, and I'm generally against the overuse of medications, anyway. My derm said the ointment could be applied to the inside of the nose, as well, if my nose gets super dry, so I think $7 for a big tube is well worth it.
Anyway, I had done searches on the forum for treating angular cheilitis and didn't find much, so figured I should post this in hopes it helps someone (or many ones!). I did come across mentions of Dr. Dan's Cortibalm, which has hydrocortisone in it and is supposed to work well, but I was too impatient to wait for it to be shipped. It would have been just as expensive as the Cortizone, too.
That's it - good luck all you taners!!
Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:04 PM
These violent delights have violent ends
Posted 25 June 2012 - 12:14 AM
IT ACTUALLY WORKED
THANK YOU SO MUCH
Ahhh, I have been slathering on vaseline, polysporin, vitamin e, and aloe for MONTHS and nothing!
It completely healed within 24 hours! That is just wow, amazing. I hate my derm for not recommending this.
I couldn't even take my accutane regularly because of the painful cuts in the corners of my mouth! Now I can get back on track!
I only got 0.5% hydrocortizone ointment but it worked! Love it!!
These violent delights have violent ends
Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:14 PM
I only recently (a few days ago) have gotten cracks in the corner of my mouth (it's so annoying, gross and I've never had it before, and hurts to open my mouth wide). I figured I could wait it out but if there's a cheap cure, yes please!
Posted 03 July 2012 - 02:54 AM
I'm in the UK- to get this stuff out (shipping included) it costs £7. Not too bad for one lot, but then I go through two a week. I'm forking out £56 a month to the Dr.
Posted 02 January 2014 - 07:01 PM
I have had cracks at the side of my mouth for about a week. I had never had angular cheilitis before. I applied layers upon layers of lip balm, but it only seemed to make the problem worse.
I took your advice and bought the 1% hydrocortisone ointment (not cream) Cortizone 10. After the first night, the cracks healed and no more pain. Now they're completely gone.
Thank you so very much for sharing this knowledge!
Posted 04 January 2014 - 09:06 PM
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Posted 19 January 2014 - 04:14 PM
i too have made a account just to thank you for this info! i cannot believe how quickly and effectively the hydrocortizone oitment worked. i went to the drug store after reading this at 7 at night and woke up the next morning and it was basically healed! amazing
Posted 09 March 2014 - 11:16 AM
I was looking for help when I came across your post. I haven't had this problem before, so I thought eating salty chips one night had done it. Went it didn't go away and seemed to be getting worse, I knew it had to be something else. Both corners of my mouth had cracked and was red and really sore. It look bad and it was embarrassing. I put everything I knew of on it, but it didn't seem to help. It seemed to get a little better and then in a day or so it was bad again. This went on for several weeks. So when I saw your suggestion for hydrocortisone ointment, I went that day. I had tried a lot of at things, but was I hoping to get something that worked quick. Wow! I bought maximum strength Cortizone 10 cream (1%) with Aloe in it. It was from a local grocery store and it was $5.99. I put it on 3 times that day and before bed. By the next morning, my mouth was SO much better....Not red and painful. It's been 3 days and its 90% gone. It sounds funny, but I can eat a sandwich and yawn with out it re-opening. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but I am SO thankful you posted your success. I made an account just to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to help.
Thank you again - You have helped many people and certainly made a huge difference to me
Posted 02 May 2014 - 11:36 PM
Posted 19 July 2014 - 09:12 PM
I've created an account like some of there folks, just to say thanks ahead of time for posting your suggestion. I've never heard of this before and am headed to Walgreens to get Maximum Strength Cortizone 10. I've been using Aguafor for a long time as suggested by a doctor but that alone hasn't helped. I had a prescription ointment as well that worked at first, but seems to have lost it's 'healing power.' So, after reading all the positive reviews on your found cure, I'm cautiously optimistic this could be the answer. I say cautiously only because nothing else has helped!
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Posted 31 July 2014 - 12:50 AM
Cracks on sides of mouth are often a tell tale sign of malnourishment in nursing home residents. Its a vitamin B2 deficiency. So supplementing lower dose b-vitamins will help along with topical application of hydrocortisone at the site.
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:42 AM
This is great information, thank you! I'm having this issue due to some side effects from medication and it's very annoying and uncomfortable. I read this yesterday and I did try the Hydrocortisone cream that I had at home last night, but it didn't work. I will definitely be going and getting the ointment. Have you guys found that the one with Aloe works better than the regular?
Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:46 AM
Oh yeah...I've been using Vaseline for the past few days with no relief!!!
Posted 25 October 2014 - 06:16 AM
It's worked like magic! Third day now. Far better! Thanks Chopper!
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