Angular Cheilitis

Key Points

  • Angular cheilitis results from maceration, inflammation, and an overgrowth of microorganisms, especially Candida albicans, at the corners of the mouth.
  • Moisture and maceration stemming from chronic exposure to saliva is an important risk factor for developing angular cheilitis. Successful treatment and prevention of recurrences requires reduction of maceration and use of a barrier ointment to minimize ongoing exposure.
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