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 How to Heal Cracked Fingertips DermTV Epi 125
Hello, I'm Neal Schultz pause and welcome to DermTV. Fingertip cracks are so, so painful but theyare amazingly easy to fix, and they are easy to fix with stuff you alreadyhave in your medicine cabinet, stuff like BandAids and practically any ointmentlike Vaseline, petroleum jelly, Aquaphor or even the antibiotic ointmentswe talk about like bacitracin and Polysporin and, as crazy asthis may sound, if you catch
that crack real early, Krazy Glue will fixit. In order for you to understand why these things work, you needto understand what's going on here and what causes them. So I'm goingto explain three different facts. First of all, the skin of the tip of yourfinger is very thick, just like the skin of the palm. Second, any time fluidcomes into something, it gets larger, just like when you sprain your ankle.The ankle swells up because of all of the fluid that comes in to helpheal it and, on the other hand, when you lose fluid from something, it shrinksand shrivels. That's how a
grape goes to a raisin. And third, in thewintertime, the temperature is lower, the humidity is lower and there ismuch more evaporation of water from all parts of our skin. So, let's start with this representing thecurve of the tip of your finger and the thickened skin. You can see this littleline. This line represents a crack. That crack can come from a simplescratch, just over drying of the skin or any other trauma that happens to theskin. But you get a crack. The surface of that crack then loses some waterby evaporation. Because the
skin is so thick, there is more water beinglost at the top than at the bottom. As a result, the crack starts to open.Well, now the inner part of the skin is exposed so the fluid, becauseof the lower temperature and humidity, can evaporate from there and, asit evaporates, it pulls a raisin deal on us, it shrivels up, so the inner partsof this crack shrivel up and pull apart from each other and they keep pullingfurther apart as more and more water is lost. It's a little bit likea positive feedback cycle because, as you lose more water, it opensup more, it exposes more of that
inner skin but look at what else is happening,it's getting deeper and, as it gets deeper, it starts to hit nerve fibersand that's why it's so painful. So how do you fix thisé Just stopthe leak, and we stop the leak of that inner fluid by putting bacitracinor Polysporin or any of those other ointments I mentioned right into thecrack and then covering it with a BandAid. The BandAid and the ointmentprevent the natural fluids inside from evaporating. As a result, the fluid accumulatesinside and, as it accumulates, it causes swelling of the innerwalls of the crack and,s as
they swell, they move closer and closer togetheruntil they touch each other. It becomes less deep, less painfuland, as a result of the two sides coming together, it actually heals. This processonly takes 24 days of using your ointment and BandAids 247 forit to actually heal. And the reason you can't use Krazy Glue when it'sdeep and open like this is the Krazy Glue will go in too deep and it willhurt but if you use the Krazy Glue at the very beginning, it won't hurtand it can seal it just the way the BandAid and ointment does. So the nexttime you get a painful