Among other things, angular cheilitis gives an alarming signal that our body lacks some nutrients and vitamins. This disease may be result of multiple reasons, but common root cause is lack of strong immune system. Instead of ignoring the disease as a banal and harmless symptom, one should seek expert help. Article further discusses why and how Angular Cheilitis is an alarming condition.
Why it is essential to test yourself thoroughly
Often human body is compared to a machine. Our body is made of many parts which are assembled to work together smoothly and one part influence the way the entire ensemble functions. Yet, without any one part the machine and entire body will not be able to work well ever again. This is why it is highly important to listen to what our body has to say very carefully and intervene when there is something wrong.
It is said that skin is the mirror of our body, thus if you see that there is something wrong with your skin, you should make a set of blood tests and see if there is something wrong inside or there is just an external issue. One of the best ways through which the skin shows us that the body lacks the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs in order to function properly is through the well-known Angular Cheilitis, a skin condition which involves cracks in the corners of the mouth and along the lip lines, sores above the lips, pain when opening the mouth and sometimes itching when keeping it closed as well as sores and bleeding in extreme cases. This skin condition is mainly caused by excessive moisture and bacteria and/or fungi accumulated in the corners or the folds of the mouth.
You may lack these vitamins if you have Angular Cheilitis
Apart from the external factor, Angular Cheilitis has also an internal one which favors the rapid development of this skin condition. This factor is the low immune system. The vast majority of people who have to face this disease have been proved to have serious deficiencies of the complex of vitamin B, especially riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin (Vitamin B3) and pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). Iron and zinc deficiencies are also responsible for the apparition and evolution of Angular Cheilitis. Thus, if you see cracks around your mouth or you are already dealing with this condition you should make some blood tests and see which of these vitamins lack from your body. This will help you treat the condition faster and at the same time strengthen your immune system and prevent any other types of illnesses from invading your body.
It is thought that in about 25% of people with AC, iron deficiency or deficiency of B vitamins are involved. Nutritional deficiencies may be a more common cause of AC in third world countries. These nutritional disorders may be caused by malnutrition, alcoholism or in strict vegan diets, or by malabsorption etc. Nevertheless, it is important to note that several different nutritional deficiency states of vitamins or minerals have been linked to AC.
You need to be aware of what your body has to say and should react accordingly. That will help you to be able to remain in good shape for a long time and prevent further illnesses from affecting you on the short and long run.