Acne – Yeast Infection

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Malassezia (Pityrosporum) folliculitis

Several skin complaints, including acne, are caused by a yeast infection, meaning that to cure acne you need to first resolve the overgrowth of yeast. One type of acne caused by a yeast infection is called pityrosporum folliculitis and is particularly prevalent in teenagers and in men.

Symptoms of pityrosporum folliculitis include chronic, itchy, red pustules on the back and chest, with some people also developing pustules on the neck, shoulders, upper arms and (rarely) the face. Continue reading

Treating Angular Cheilitis

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Palliative treatments can help ease the pain of cracks at the corners of the mouth while resolving underlying causes.

Treating angular cheilitis (cracks at the corners of the mouth) usually involves treating a bacterial infection with a topical antibiotic, as well as an antifungal if there is evidence of oral thrush. Over-the-counter antifungal creams such as clotrimazole are also available. However, without restoring bacterial balance in the body it is common for cracks to appear at the corners of the mouth days or weeks after the end of treatment. Continue reading

Cracks at the Corners of Mouth – What do they mean?

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Oral symptoms are often a sign of B vitamin deficiency but there are many causes of angular cheilitis.

The arrival of the fall weather means that many are suffering from dry and cracked lips, but what causes cracks at the corners of the mouth? The medical terms for this include angular cheilitis, perl├Ęche, cheilosis or angular stomatitis, and there are a variety of causes.

In some cases the inflammatory lesions and cracks can become severe and painful, even leading to malnutrition as it becomes painful to open the mouth to eat or drink. As always, achieving naturally healthy skin means taking a look at the underlying causes and restoring balance, rather than simply relying on palliative measures with a short-term effect. Continue reading