Number of people getting affected by Angular Cheilitis is alarmingly high. Estimation shows that AC is accounting for between 0.7 – 3.8% of oral mucosal lesions in adults and between 0.2 – 15.1% in children. In general, AC occurs most commonly in adults in the third to sixth decades of life. Angular Cheilitis is a worldwide phenomenon affecting both males and females.
Each and every year, thousands or even millions of people are searching for an effective treatment that will get them rid of their Angular Cheilitis as soon as possible. In order to see what are the people with high risk of suffering from this disease, it is absolutely necessary to understand what Angular Cheilitis is and how it develops.
Angular Cheilitis indicates deficiency in the body
Before identifying people prone to AC, it is important to realize that AC is a manifestation of impaired cellular energy metabolism and oxidative damage. As the deficiency worsens, redness and cracking spreads from the corners of your mouth to the entire lip margin. The mucous membranes of your mouth, tongue and throat become reddened and tender, and you develop an oily scaly rash on your face, eyelids, ears and groin area.
People with max risk of getting Angular Cheilitis
Angular Cheilitis is a skin condition which affects the corners of the mouth and the skin from above and below them. In time, the condition can spread so that it can affect the entire area from above and below the lips. In most cases, this condition is due to the fact that saliva and sweat are retained too much time inside some skin folds. This is mainly possible when people are wearing dentures that do not fit well, thus deforming the face and causing folds at the level of the mouth or when one or more teeth are missing and the mouth closes more than necessary. These cases are more common in older people, as they are the one who have most teeth extracted and have to wear dentures. Also, because this condition is also influenced by the amount of vitamins and minerals present in the body, older people are first on the list as their immune system is quite low, many of them having deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.
Another category very affected by Angular Cheilitis is that of children. They are quite sensitive to bacteria and fungi, so they can easily become the victims of this condition, especially if they do not have a diet which can offer them all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they need for a strong immune system. In addition to that, children have the bad habit of licking their chapped lips which can be a triggering factor of Angular Cheilitis. To prevent such a skin condition make sure that your little one has a balanced diet and that they have a lip balm which they can use in cold weather to moisturize their lips and prevent the apparition of chapped lips.
Adults lacking Vitamin B (Vitamin B2, B3 and B6 especially), iron and zinc are also prone to Angular Cheilitis, but the cases of adults which have contacted this skin condition is much smaller than the number of cases reported for children and old persons.
AC is a common problem seen by people across the globe, But the disease is more prevalent in certain category of people:
- Those without any natural teeth who wear dentures
- Elderly people
- It may also occur in children