Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Angular Cheilitis
Angular cheilitis (also called perlèche, cheilosis, or
stomatitis) is a condition with deep cracks and splits at the corners of the
mouth. If severe, the splits or cracks may bleed when the mouth is opened and a
shallow ulcer or a crust may form.
Possible causes of angular
In young children, the cracks and splits often begin with
lip-licking, biting the corners of the mouth, or thumb-sucking.
Treatment depends on the cause and can include lip lubrication,
antifungal and antibiotic medicine, vitamins, and dentures for a person
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.