If you are looking to use home treatment for cracked lips, then there are a few things you can do to ease the pain. Firstly, you might be wondering why you have this condition and why it does not seem to be healing.
When we have similarly sized cuts on other areas of our body, they seem to heal up pretty quickly, why then is it that we can have these lip cracks which last for days or even weeks on end?
The reason is that many people are under the misapprehension that this problem is caused by the weather or is the result of the aftermath of a cold. Now whilst this can be partially true, if the problem has persisted for more than a couple of days, it is highly likely that a bacterial or fungal infection has taken hold and this is why it is so difficult to shift. This condition is known as angular cheilitis and is surprisingly common.
The corners of the mouth provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and the conditions are ideal for a fungal infection to develop if the bacteria is not eliminated quickly enough. The damp, warm conditions which are all-too frequently found make healing difficult.
Home treatment for cracked lips is usually twofold-firstly, measures to give some pain relief and secondly, looking at what you can do to dry the area up properly.
Start off by thinking about why the are might be moist. Sometimes, ill fitting dentures can be the problem and these be easily corrected. In older people, sagging muscles at the mouth corners can be a problem as this forms pockets of skin for moisture to collect, so prevention can be difficult, but there are treatments you can use should the condition persist. Pen biting and fingernail biting can also cause dribbling, and one simple measure is to paint the object with bitter anti-nail biting solution.
One easy home treatment for cracked lips is petroleum jelly. Whilst it will not cure the condition it will provide a degree of temporary pain relief.
If you have had this problem for more than a couple of days, it is likely that the condition has taken hold. If you would like to look at pictures that can help you verify your own condition, you can download this simple and effective overnight cure from the Angular Cheilitis Foundation. This guaranteed cure will dry out the mouth edges.