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Have a sore scab on the corner of lips, cracking due to weather. Using vaseline. Anything else?

I have a very sore scab on the corner of my lips which started from cracking from the cold weather. It was on both sides but the left side has cleared up a lot, but I cannot seem to get the right side cleared. Every time I yawn or open my mouth wide it cracks again and is quite painful. I am using Vaseline on it a lot but its doing it no good. Is there anything else I can try?
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Your symptoms seem to be indicative of an angular stomatitis or a cheilitis. This is a condition where there is soreness, cracking or peeling of the skin / mucosa in the corners of the moth / lips.

One of the common causes for this is vitamin deficiency - specifically deficiency of the Vitamins B1 (Thiamine) or Vitamin C. I would suggest the following remedial measures:
- Take a multiviamin supplement - something which contains b-complex vitamins and vitamin c e.g. Becusoles Forte, Zincovit, etc.
- Keep applying a moisturizer solution frequently to prevent drying or cracking. You can use Vaseline or more specific lip gels like Zytee gel
- Eat a nutritious diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid stress as much as possible

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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