Can Surgery Solve Angular Cheilitis?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I suffer with chronic infections at the corners of my mouth, due to saliva tracking there, I wanted to ask my dermatologist if surgery was a option, as summer approaches when I suffer the most. I`m concerned my insurance will consider it cosmetic. At this point, I`m just asking questions. (I`m 71 and live in California, I realize you`re in Indiana)
A: It is fair to say that with your very downturned mouth corners which causes an overhang, this is a frequent cause of angular cheilitis. The mouth corners need to be lifted to remove the overhang and not allow the moutb corners to be chronically wet.
Dr. Barry Eppley