Medical experts are still debating whether a lack of certain vitamins and minerals in the diet is in-fact one reason for angular cheilitis to occur. Those who disagree with this theory say that pretty much any modern diet contains plenty of B vitamins and iron so that this should not be a concern any longer.
Even if we assume that nutrition doesn’t play a major role in causing cheilitis there seems to be no question that a diet rich in such vitamins and nutrients may on the other hand speed-up the healing process.
We know that a balanced and vitamin-rich diet plays a major role when it comes to strengthening our body’s immune system. Seeing that cheilitis is an infection brought on via bacteria or fungus, the idea is not far-fetched that a strong immune system can help in fending off those harmful microorganisms.
It has been found that there is a relationship between angular cheilitis and a deficiency of the following vitamins:
* Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
* Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
* Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
* Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamine)
B Vitamins are often found in cereal, eggs, milk or meat. Here is more comprehensive list. In my opinion, it can certainly not hurt if someone who suffers from cheilitis takes particular note of their diet and if possible even gets dietary supplements that contain the above B vitamins along with iron.
You may also want to consider adding (good) multivitamin supplements in the form of pills or juices to your diet. The result will be a strengthened immune system which should greatly go together with whatever other remedy or treatment you are undergoing to cure your cheilitis symptoms. In a best case scenario, a good and balanced diet alone may in fact prevent the occurrence of cheilitis, in a “worst case” scenario such a diet may still help speeding up the healing process.