Cheilosis, also known as cheilitis, is a painful inflammation which occurs at the corners of the mouth. At times the condition may occur only on one side of the mouth but usually it involves both the sides. The condition is most common in people who have ill fitted dentures which do not adequately separate the upper and lower jaws. People who have habits that can irritate the mouth, like licking or rubbing those areas, are also vulnerable to develop cheilosis. When moisture gathers in skin folds it gives appropriate conditions for yeast to form. Besides, people who suffer from anemia, diabetes and immune deficiencies are particularly at risk.
To diagnose the problem, the dentist or physician will first have a look at the fitting of the dentures. The dentist may also ask you about your oral health habits like licking the corners of the mouth. Blood tests may be conducted to test for anemia or immune deficiencies.
If you wear dentures, you must visit the dentist to make sure that the fit in properly and adequately support the face. You must also avoid licking or rubbing the corners of the mouth to prevent occurrence of cheilosis.
A medical help must be taken when a person experiences constant or repeat inflammation in the corners of the mouth.
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