Post # 1
So last week I noticed there was a small cut and some pain in the corner of my mouth (just one corner, not both). I figured it would go away within a day, but it’s actually gotten bigger and more painful. It kind of looks like a canker sore, probably because it’s trying to heal itself. It’s not visible unless I open my mouth.
Just to clarify, it looks nothing like a cold sore- no scabbing, no itching, and it never looked like a blister, just a cut.
The only problem is, it’s taking forever to heal because it’s always wet so it never gets to be dry in order to heal! It’s healing slightly but very slowly…
I’m also worried because I saw online that this could be a fungal infection- how?! to me, it just looks like my lip cracked, which has happened before due to chapped lips.
Has anyone else had this, and what did you do to fix it?
Post # 3
Try some vaseline to keep the moisture into the skin or a little bacitracin just on the skin part.
Post # 4
This happens to me a lot. Another vote for vaseline. Slather it on at night before you go to bed and throughout the day as needed.
Post # 5
I’ve had this before and it was a fungal thing, no idea what caused it but a couple of days of ointment cleared it right up.
Although, I’ve had a friend who also had it, I think hers was a vitamin B deficiency.
Post # 6
I get these every winter from dryness. I’ll echo and say LOTS of vaseline. Keep it moisturized and it’ll go away on its own. Feel better!
Post # 7
@PacificMrs: Thanks! (and thanks to everyone else) let’s hope this works 🙂
Post # 8
Please do not put Vaseline on this.
I believe this to be a fungal infection that causes cracking on the corner of the mouth.
The infection is called Perlèche or Angular cheilitis
(Moisture and saliva accumulate nicely in this area causing fungus and sometimes bacteria to grow)
It can be treated with an over the counter antifungal agent.
I don’t know what part of the world you are in but i usally recommend
Miconazole (Daktarin Oral Gel) 4 times a day and 2 days after symptoms resolve.
For reference, i am a registered Pharmacist.
Post # 9
@anon00: Please read my post below. Please do not put Vaseline on this. Good luck!
Post # 10
@sharontobemarried: Agreed. I get this sometimes. I usually but an antibacterial or antifungal cream in the corners at bedtime and it’s typically gone by morning time
Post # 11
@sharontobemarried: Thanks, that’s helpful! i think it was caused by chapped lips, but in any case I woke up this morning and it’s quite a bit better- without vaseline. Thanks for the input!
Post # 12
I get what appears to be this! However, it shows up only after I shove whole tortilla chips in my mouth too fast. I always thought the chip cut my mouth.
Post # 13
@sharontobemarried: Thank you SO much. I used some neosporin and anti-fungal cream and voila, it was gone!