Is Angular Cheilitis Contagious?

Is angular cheilitis contagious? Have you seen someone with drying and cracking lips with some redness and lesions on either side of the face? Or have you yourself had any of these symptoms? How did you feel about yourself? You must be scared, worried and really embarrassed walking in front of many people or talking to them. Your reactions and what you felt when you saw yourself were expected. Those are some of the symptoms you will see with someone with angular cheilitis. The first thing that comes into the mind of the people when they see someone with this condition is “What is that?” and the second question would be “Will I also has it?” In this article, we will answer that question.

Indeed, it is understandable if people would get scared and prefer not to go near someone who has angular cheilitis since the presenting symptoms are kind of scary to look at, especially if these people are not aware what it is. So, let us answer the question: Is angular cheilitis contagious? The answer is No, although it has not yet been well established. If we are to look at the causes of angular cheilitis, we will observe that the development of this condition progresses in a gradual way.  If you do not have the risk factors presented, then you most likely will not have angular cheilitis. But in the event that the microorganisms are already present so as the lesions, careful handling of these lesions should be done. At this point, there may be a very minimal chance of transferring the microorganisms to another person, but not the disease itself. The said microorganisms may bring about other diseases to that person especially those who are immunocompromised, but not angular cheilitis.

Even though angular cheilitis is not contagious, it is recommended not to get too close to person affected with it. Kissing or touching the face or the affected areas should be avoided mainly not because no one will do it, but it may aggravate the condition. Human saliva as well as our hands contains other microorganisms that when it come in contact with the lesions, will worsen it.

The objective of this article is to enlighten the readers with the question, is angular cheilitis contagious? We hope that you got your answer after reading this. So, the next time we see someone with these symptoms; let us show them some love and respect.

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