Angular Cheilitis: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Medically Reviewed on 2/21/2017

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.

REFERENCE:

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

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