INFECTIONS AT THE CORNERS OF THE MOUTH
Redness and a white discharge at the corners of the mouth are a common occurrence in older people. The main causes of this condition are a change in the structure of the mouth as a result of the loss of teeth and the sagging of the cheek muscles.
A fungus infection called Candidiasis can grow in the moisture which accumulates in the wrinkles at the corners of the mouth. It causes redness, a discharge and itching. The infection is worsened by over-salivation, taking broad spectrum antibiotics, and B vitamin and iron deficiencies.
The first stage is assuring dental treatment which will remove the fundamental cause of the infection, and giving vitamin and iron supplements if necessary. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial medications containing steroids should be applied to the skin. Once the infection has disappeared, a fat-based ointment should continue to be applied to the corners of the mouth.
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