Lip Fungal Infection

Lips are the most sensitive organs in human body due to its tactile nature. They are sensitive to touch, cold and warmth. Many conditions can trigger lip infections that are fungal in nature. Lips are much prominent in face. So any lip infection makes you feel self conscious and unpleasant. Hence it is better to avoid fungal infections before it strike the lips.

Candidiasis is a fungal infection which gradually invades lips. This infection starts from mouth and spreads to lips. This infection is called thrust. The fungus, Candida yeast grows vigorously in warm and moist conditions. If Candida yeast grows on lips, it is called Plasta Cheilitis. To some extent, yeast growth is controlled by some bacteria and microorganisms in the body. If imbalance develops, the outgrowth of yeast occurs. This imbalance can be because of some health issues or stress. Smokers are more susceptible to this infection. If lesions are not treated, they may spread to esophagus. Diabetics and people with artificial teeth and other dental appliances are vulnerable to Candida yeast. Cracking and inflammation supplemented with severe pain in lip corners are experienced by those suffering from yeast infection.

Angular Cheilitis is also called Perleche. Angular stomatisis is a fungal infection which occurs on lips. It causes fissures and scaling at mouth corners. It is caused by the deficiency of riboflavin. Riboflavin is A B vitamin which precludes skin lesions. Generally, Angular Cheilitis may be treated with the antimyotic agents and other anti-fungal ointments or creams like Mycolog II. Those who are residing in cold areas are susceptible to angular stomatisis. The treatment for this is removal of infection.

Lip Fungal Infection Symptoms:
Following are the symptoms of fungal lip infection:

  • Swelling and redness of lips, caused by bacterial infection
  • Lack of moisture on lips
  • Elevation of skin with serous fluid which cause bumps and blisters on lips
  • Paraesthesia i.e., itching and burning sensation
  • White sores and plaques in mouth corners

Lip Fungal Infection Causes:
Following are the causes of fungal lip infection:

  • Application of toxic chemicals in the form of cosmetics like lip balms, lip gloss, lip sticks, etc
  • Ischemia, a condition wherein flow of blood to lips is insufficient
  • Poor nutrition
  • Deficiency of vitamins like vitamin B12, vitamin B1, vitamin E and iron
  • Frequently licking the lips while suffering from infection, people assume that this helps them feel good. In fact it worsens the condition
  • Exposure to the abrasive climatic conditions
  • Alcohol and snuff consumption
  • Wearing dentures

Fungal Lip Infection Remedies:
Below are some home remedies for fungal lip infection:

  • Application of castor oil on lips is a good remedy as it contains therapeutic properties.
  • Tea tree oil and Golden seal has anti-fungal properties. Application of these oils on infected lips may palliate contagion in few days.
  • Stay away from spicy food as it can worsen Paraesthesia. Sugar acts like a good medium for Candida yeast growth. Hence, it is better to control sugar intake. Else, you can wash your mouth after consuming the sugar.
  • Avoid lip biting and take thorough care of teeth as it can spread fungus.
  • Drink lots and lots of water for stimulating saliva secretion.
  • You can also use lotus flower paste for this infection. Also, bloodroot is another effective herb in treating fungal infection.

Mostly doctors prescribe Betamethasone dipropionate, Clotrimazole and Nystatic cream for curing the infections. Some lesions which appear on lips are highly contagious. Hence, practice hygienic habits and prevent the spread of infection to other people. Lip fungal infection can be because of the incompetent immune system. Hence, one must consume nutritious food for combating these fungal lip infections.

2 responses to Lip Fungal Infection

  1. I think I’ve had this since 2007 or before! About 1998 I noticed a place above my right upper lip that looked like the vermilion had “leaked” into the regular skin. About that time I had two “blisters” which dried up in a day or two, then left a dark red, indented circle. Then I had more blisters in 2007 (also on upper eyelids, along with other lip symptoms. Never had thrush in the mouth, but have had severe “chapping” of lips for years, and more than once in the last 5 years it has progressed to extreme cracking, dryness, peeling. My lips swell, turn red, are stiff with dry surface skin, which then peels like a sunburn. I have some areas on lower lip edge that are now white. The current episode I thought was resolving after 3 weeks, when the stiff, dry, cracking skin recurred. Unfortunately, the current episode is also involving both corners and the skin above and below the actual vermilion borders. Remember how every little kid gets a chapped upper lip in the winter, from a runny nose and cold dry air, and constant licking? Mine looks similar to that, although it doesn’t extend from lip to nose, just an area above the lip, covering and extending past the philtrum. It’s hard to cover, since it’s contantly peeling. And uncomfortable.

    • What has happened since this post? Did you see a doctor and confirm your suspisions? I’m in the same boat.

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