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How is angular cheilitis diagnosed?

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To find out if you have angular cheilitis, your doctor will examine your mouth closely to look at any cracks, redness, swelling, or blisters. He’ll also ask you about habits you might have that could affect your lips. To check if other conditions are the cause, your doctor might swab the corners of your mouth and your nose and send it to a lab to see what kinds of bacteria or fungi might be there.

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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