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Angular Cheilitis

Angular Cheilitis is found at the corner of the mouth. It mostly occurs on people who wear dentures or people who have a compromised immune system.

Photograph showing Angular Cheilitis at the left corner of the mouth.

Cause
When skin folding is formed at the corner of the mouth because of improper occlusion of the teeth, the accumulation of saliva at the corner of the mouth causes micro-organisms such as Staphylococcus and fungus to proliferate and leads to Angular Cheilitis.

Symptoms
Redness or ulceration around the corner of the mouth, with the affected area being itchy or painful. Therefore, discomfort will be felt when eating and speaking.

Management

Prevention

Last revision date: 18 January 2012