Angular Cheilitis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Angular cheilitis is a form of mouth sore that occurs at the two ends of the mouth. It is also called angular stomatitis and perlèche. People with this condition may experience swollen, red patches in the corners and on the exterior portion of their lips. Angular cheilitis is often mistaken for cold sores. But cold sores are caused by a kind of herpes virus, and angular cheilitis is an inflammatory disease that can be severe or mild.

This article will discuss the causes, symptoms, treatment, and other things to note about angular cheilitis.

What are the symptoms of angular cheilitis?

In most cases, the symptoms of angular cheilitis are observed in the

e corners of the mouth. The symptoms may be severe and vary from open, bleeding blisters to mild redness.

People with angular cheilitis may experience the following in the corners of their mouths:

  • Bleeding
  • Red
  • Pain
  • Swollen
  • Blistered
  • Crusty
  • Itchy
  • Cracked

You may experience other symptoms of angular cheilitis such as:

  • Saliva at the corners of the mouth
  • Oral yeast infection (thrush)
  • Deep cracks, also called fissures
  • Eczema-type rash on the lower face
  • Redness on the palate of the mouth (in denture wearers)