DermTV Perleche Cracked Corners of Your Mouth DermTV Epi 156
Hello, I'm Neal Schultz pause and welcome to DermTV. Itching and burning cracks right at the cornersof the mouth is kind of common, it's uncomfortable, and it's calledperléche. Because of the cracks, most people think it's dry skin,but it's not dry skin. It's actually caused by a yeast infection, andit's the same yeast that most women carry in their body and the same yeastthat causes them uncomfortable
itching yeast infections. Because this iscaused by a yeast, it is aggravated by moisture, because yeast thrivein moist areas and closed areas, and this is a perfect setup becauseat the corners of the mouth, the way the lips come together, they causea closed area and, if there's any saliva there, that accounts for additionalmoisture. When people get this, invariably they do two things that makeit worse. The first is, because they consider it to be dry becausethey see a crack, they put a moisturizer on and, again, moisture makesthe yeast grow even more.
Secondly, because it's uncomfortable, andit burns, and it really feels peculiar, a lot of people take the tip oftheir tongue and they go like this. And they do it to test it, to feel it,to see, is the problem still there and, interestingly, people do it veryoften, a couple of times a minute, it's just a natural reflex. So how do we cure this problemé The firstthing is obviously stop licking the corners of your mouth. The second is,get an overthecounter anti yeast medicine, such as Lotrimin which hasclotrimazole as the active
ingredient which is good to fight yeast. Puta little bit on the corners of your mouth four to six times a day, just avery small amount, and then put a little Vaseline or Aquaphor on top so, ifyou do accidentally touch it with the tip of your tongue, the Aquaphoror Vaseline will keep the moisture away from the problem. Give it fourto seven days to cure the problem. If it hasn't done that by thatperiod of time, then you should see a dermatologist who will give you a prescriptionfor an antiyeast in an ointment vehicle which again will help protectagainst additional moisture
which aggravates the problem.
DermTV The Difference Between Canker Sores and Herpes DermTV Epi 103
Hello, I'm Neal Schultz pause and welcome to DermTV. When we get sores inside our mouth or on ourlips, usually they're very painful. And almost all of them are causedby one of two thingsâ€”either a herpes virus outbreak or canker sores, andI find that not only do most people get them confused, but can you believethis, most s get them confused also. So let's talk about it.
Canker sores are not contagious. They'revery painful, especially when you're eating and food touches the areawhere you have the canker sore. Canker sores occur almost exclusively insideyou mouth, not outside, not on your outer lip, and not on your chin. Andwhen they occur inside your mouth, which can be on this part of the skinor seen inside the cheeks, you see a gray or tan, round area with a brightred rim right around it. They go away in a couple of days and they'reeasily treated with topical antibiotics. Usually, we take tetracycline,open a capsule, put it in a
little glass of water, and take just a pieceof cotton, dip it in that water, and hold it against the canker sorefor a few minutes and, after 2 of 3 days, it will go away. This is very,very different from herpes outbreaks. Herpes outbreaks usually are notthat painful although right before you get them, you feel a tingling ora burning in the skin where you're going to get the outbreak. They arevery contagious. They usually don't occur inside your mouth, they occuroutside your mouth. They can be right on the lip, on the edge of the lip,or around the mouth, or really
any place on your face. And when they happen,usually they occur with blisters, and those blisters are often clusteredtogether and with a red ear around it but not a red, sharp rim likeyou see with a canker sore. Over a period of a couple of days, they dryand crust and scab. They're very easy to treat. They're treated withoral medication, oral medication for only a day may become not contagious bythe second or third day. If you're getting sore inside your mouth oraround your mouth or on your lips, and you're not sure what it is and you don'tknow how to treat it, see your
dermatologist who can give you some medicineto make sure that the sores go away faster and you become comfortable muchsooner.