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Does diabetes put you at risk for angular cheilitis?

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It’s common for people with diabetes to get fungal infections like angular cheilitis. This is because fungi like Candida feed off glucose -- the blood sugar your body uses as a source of energy. If you have diabetes, you have too much glucose in your blood. You can help prevent conditions like angular cheilitis by keeping your blood glucose levels in check.

From: Angular Cheilitis WebMD Medical Reference

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American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Angular Cheilitis."

American Diabetes Association: "Skin Complications," "Diabetes and Oral Health Problems."

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Forecast: "Embarrassing Body Problems You Need to Know About."

College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario: "Angular Cheilitis."

Devani, A. 2007. Canadian Family Physician,

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association: "How do I manage a patient with angular cheilitis?"

Sharon, V. , 2010. Dermatologic Therapy

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Angular Cheilitis."

American Diabetes Association: "Skin Complications," "Diabetes and Oral Health Problems."

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Forecast: "Embarrassing Body Problems You Need to Know About."

College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario: "Angular Cheilitis."

Devani, A. 2007. Canadian Family Physician,

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association: "How do I manage a patient with angular cheilitis?"

Sharon, V. , 2010. Dermatologic Therapy

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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