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
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!!
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
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