Are you suffering from cheilitis or lip inflammation?
Cheilitis is a common issue that we dentists see on a regular basis. The vast majority of cases are minor can can be self limiting.
What is cheilitis?
Cheilitis means lip inflammation and most would just say chapped lips. There are many excellent images to help diagnosis an exact type of cheilitis online.
What are the different types of cheilitis?
There are several types of cheilitis but by far the most common that dentists will treat is angular cheilitis.
This is typically a fungal infection in the corner of the mouth. We treat it with a topical anti-fungal. Treatment is very successful and usually results are seen within a day or two. The etiology: 20% of the time, only bacteria. 20% of the time, only fungus. The remainder are a combination. Best treatment is something with both antifungal and antibacterial properties – clotrimazole. (Use 4x a day: once after meals and once before bed.) Clotrimazole is available OTC as an athlete’s foot cream. Advise use for two weeks, even after the lesion has visibly disappeared.
This is an allergy type of reaction.
This type is from constant picking and or chewing on the lip.
Inflammation of salivary glands of the lips, usually the lower lip. Stoopler JADA 2022
Cheilitis granulomatosa is a form of orofacial granulomatosa that only occurs on the lips. This is a clinical term describing orofacial swelling caused by non-caseating granulomatous inflammation in the absence of systemic disease
There are many of types of lip lesions as well and some are found on our soft tissue lesion page.