Patch testing is the key to the diagnosis of contact cheilitis. Testing should include the baseline series of patch test allergens as well as cosmetic and toothpaste series, and others suggested by the history. It is most important to also test the patient's own products and musical instruments if possibly relevant. Cosmetics are often applied ‘as is’, but sawdust from wooden instruments should be applied diluted to 10% in petrolatum. A significant number of patients react only to their own products. The relevance of positive results must be assessed, based on careful history taking and clinical examination. Multiple positive reactions are common.
In case of infection related Angular cheilitis,one should avoid lip contact with the saliva as it can only worsen the condition. Also, one should avoid improper usage of chap-stick as the chapped lips are more likely to get irritated and improper application can spread the bacteria all around the infected area. Proper guidelines should be followed while applying a chap-stick to avoid the spread of infection. One should avoid chewing gum as chewing can dribble the saliva and can cause stress at the corners of the mouth. In addition to that, one should avoid touching the infected area as the hands act as frequent bacterial carriers and can spread the infection further.
Skin inflammations can be irritating and alarming as well. Although the condition is not as scary as that of other harmful diseases, it is still part of having a healthy body system. Inflammation occurring on the sides of the lips or around the corners of the mouth is called Angular Stomatitis. This condition is characterized by cracked lips and fissures on the mouth accompanied by sore or swelling and even pus. In order to be cautioned of such disease, we need to understand the Angular Stomatitis causes and the factors that trigger it.