If you have bleeding cracked lips, this can make everyday activities, such as eating, speaking and drinking very painful. The problem is that for some people, this area can be very slow or seemingly impossible to heal and there are reasons why this is the case.
This problem is often down to the very common condition known as Angular Chelitis. This is caused by a fungal condition which is very difficult to eradicate once it takes hold. Over the counter creams and medication can certainly help bring some temporary relief. However, unless you can get to the root cause, it is unlikely to be cured completely, with many suffering from repeated outbreaks over months at a time.
The trigger for bleeding cracked lips is excess moisture at the corners of the mouth which then provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungal infection. Once this has become established, it is a very difficult condition to deal with as actually eliminating this bacteria and fungal growth is not easy!
The possible causes include vitamin deficiencies, ill-fitting dentures, pen and finger sucking and the aging process which can cause loss of control of the facial muscles. The condition can be worsened by extremes of temperature.
You can help to heal bleeding cracked lips by applying a thin film of petroleum jelly or even a layer of unperfumed lip balm. In addition, if you are able to identify the “trigger”, then this can be dealt with. For example, if finger or pen-sucking is a problem, then get hold of some anti-nail biting liquid and paint this on the offending object daily. If dentures are the problem, then the fitting should be corrected as soon as possible.
Angular chelitis treatment which will quickly heal bleeding cracked lips needs to starve the fungus and bacteria of the air and moisture it needs to survive. If you have had cracked lip corners or scabs for more than a couple of days, it is likely that the condition has taken hold.