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.
Cold Sores Herpes Simplex Virus How Do You Get Cold Sores Symptoms and Treatments
You have a cold sore that bums you out! Whatshould and shouldn't you do nowé First of all, you need to know that acold sore is caused by the herpes virus and thatthere's fluid in the blisters. A cold sore can beannoying and painful, but is hardly ever harmful. The herpes virus will remain forever inyour body though and can get reactivated at a later time. That's why you can get a cold sore overand over again.
There isn't any treatment to get thevirus out of your body. So, what are the do's and don'ts whenyou've got a cold soreé Don't touch the blisters and wash yourhands regularly especially when you've touched theblisters by accident. A cold sore is extremely contagious. The herpes virus that's inside theblisters can be transmitted through kissing or after you've touched them with yourfingers.
The virus can end up in the eye or near the genitals in that way and blisters may form in those places. Once the blisters have dried up, thevirus can't be transmitted any longer. Never hug a baby when you've got a coldsore. Babies can get seriously ill from from the herpes virus and can even die because it. That's thereason why it's also called the quot;kiss of deathquot;. Sunlight, a reduced resistance, illness,
menstruation, or stress can activate theherpes virus so a cold sore can show up. so a cold sore can show up. So avoid being exposed to the sun and use protective lip balm or sunblockon your lips to protect yourself against the sun. Keep your resistance up eat healthy food, exercise regularly and get a goodnight's rest. Some people find comfort in putting theVaseline or zinc oxide on their lips to
ease the itching and pain. You could use antiviral creams andtablets. The cream hasn't been proven to reduce the symptoms of a cold sore though. Tablets could reduce the symptoms of a cold sore but only if you use them in a very earlystage before the blisters have formed. Consult your family when theblisters haven't disappeared after two weeks
or when the inflammation spreads. In thelast case, bacteria might have gotten into the blisters and caused a newinfection.