Angular Cheilitis Clotrimazole

Updated on 13 May 2009,
Published on 29 Jan 2009

Research shows that anti fungal medications effectively help in angular cheilitis treatment. Chapped lips or angular cheilitis are caused by fungal or bacterial infections. The condition can be worsened by candidiasis or staphylococcal. Chapped lips are also commonly caused by deficiency in nutrition such as deficiency in vitamin B-2, B-3, B-6 or B-12 and iron deficiency as well.

Clotrimazole is an anti fungal medication that is used for treating fungal infections of both humans and animals. It helps in the treatment of vaginal yeast infections, mouth infection such as angular cheilitis and ringworm. The drug also helps in the treatment of athlete's foot and jock itch. Also it can be used in certain patients to prevent oral thrush.

This medication comes in three forms namely cream, lotion, solution, tablets and lozenges. Cream, lotion and solution are used for treating skin infections and tablets are used for vaginal yeast infection. Lozenges are used for the treatment of mouth infection. Here, we are primarily concerned with lozenges that are also known as troches, as it is used for the treatment of angular cheilitis.

If you are using clotrimazole for the prevention of oral thrush, then you need to use it five times a day for 14 days continuously. And you are supposed to use it exactly as directed. The direction for using the lozenges for the treatment of angular cheilitis is to place it in the mouth and let it dissolve slowly over about 15-30 minutes. But do not chew or swallow it.

Other than clotrimazole, there are other anti fungal medications that doctors prescribe in topical forms for the treatment of angular cheilitis. Though this condition is not life-threatening, however, it requires a lot of attention as it can cause emotional alienation to the sufferer.

Side Effects of Clotrimazole


This medication is associated with certain pros and cons. The side effect can affect individuals in various ways. Some of the side effects associated with this medicine are as follows:

1) Burning sensation

2) Itching

3) Local mild irritation

4) Hypersensitivity

5) Swelling

6) Redness, Irritation

7) Upset Stomach

8) Vomiting with the lozenges

9) Fever

10) Stomach Problems.

If you notice any of these symptoms right after taking the medication then, contact your doctor at that instant. And yes, before you seek for any form of treatment, always consult your doctor as the information provided above is meant for general awareness.

In case you don’t want to go for medications, then there are also ways to treat angular cheilitis at home. For more on angular cheilitis, get information on  angular cheilitis free cures and get aware of this mouth infection.

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