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Cheilosis (Cracks in corners of mouth)

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cheilosisWhat Is Cheilosis?

Cheilosis is a painful feature of nutritional deficiencies, especially riboflavin and/or pyridoxine deficiency, and less frequently, from vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron. It is characterized by redness of the lips with cracking and weeping in the corner of the mouth.

Q: What is the consequence of weeping at the corners of the mouth?

A: The open sores that develop at the corners of the mouth invite infection by candida albicans, a yeast organism, and less commonly by bacteria normally present on the skin such as staphylococcus aureus.

These sores make opening the mouth very painful and so restrict eating, talking, socializing, and dental care.

What Is Cheilosis In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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