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What causes angular cheilitis?

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Fungal infection is the most common cause of angular cheilitis. It’s usually caused by a type of yeast called Candida-- the same fungus that causes diaper rash in babies. Certain bacteria strains also can cause it.

If your doctor can’t find the cause, it’s called idiopathic angular cheilitis.

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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