Angular Cheilitis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Angular cheilitis is inflammation of one or both corners of the mouth. Angular cheilitis is sometimes referred to as angular stomatitis. The inflammation can cause pain in the lips, cracked lips, ulceration, reddened skin, and tenderness at the involved area. Typically, both sides of the mouth are involved, but the condition can occur on one side only. Drooling or dry mouth are sometimes associated symptoms.

Other angular cheilitis symptoms and signs

  • Chapped Lips
  • Cracked Lips
  • Drooling
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fissured Lips
  • Lip Pain
  • Lip Tenderness
  • Lip Ulceration
  • Reddened Lips
  • Reddened Skin


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Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.