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So, during the winter I've been getting very chapped lips. That's standard for me in cold weather so I didn't think much of it until I also started getting painful cracks in one corner of my mouth. It's really annoying and it's been coming and going seemingly at random, I'll be fine for weeks and forget about it and then all of a sudden I get another crack and my lips get chapped again.<br><br>
I googled it and it looks like I have <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angular_cheilitis" target="_blank">Angular Cheilitis</a>, which is a sign of a nutritional deficiency! So, apparently my diet sucks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I really don't have the best diet and I know it, I eat my share of junk, but this still came as a real surprise to me. I guess it's a wake up call. Looking back now I'm thinking it's possible that the periods where the cracks went away might have been points where I was eating more fortified foods and dark green leafy vegetables but I'll have to test that out to be sure. I'm going to start taking a multi-vitamin every day and start eating a lot more foods that are high in iron and B vitamins and we'll see if that helps. I do take B12 sublingually so I don't think that could be the issue.<br><br>
Has anyone else had this problem? And if so did you find improving your diet helped?
 

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YES! I had this a few years ago ((and I think I posted about it here on VB <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> )) because I was eating total crap.<br>
I was basically living off of refined carbs (bread, pretzels, crackers, etc) and NO fruits or veggies for a while and those painful cracks developed on my lips. I started eating more sensibly (mostly veggies, big salads, easy on the breads) and they went away.<br><br>
In the meantime, I treated my lips with petroleum jelly to seal the wounds while they healed.
 

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I had this when I first become vegetarian back in high school. For me, it was riboflavin deficiency. The answer was to drink more milk (obviously I was lacto-ovo), but I also started taking a multivitamin. Those B vitamins are finicky - riboflavin is sensitive to light, so even a lot of things that should be good sources may not be depend on how they were stored and handled.<br><br>
I haven't had a problem since eliminating eggs and dairy (knock on wood), but I drink fortified soy milk and take a multivitamin. I try to eat a balanced diet, but I'm not always consistent so I think a multivitamin is a good backup.
 

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It's good to know I'm not the only person who has had this problem, thanks guys!<br><br>
I took two multivitamins yesterday and ate a crazy amount of almonds and spinach and today the crack is totally healed and my lips feel much softer and less chapped. Coincidence? Not likely <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
This really is a much needed wake up call, I've been feeling a bit run down lately too and I'm sure my crappy diet is part of it. I've been eating way too many processed foods and refined carbs and sugars, and not nearly enough fruits and vegetables. I blame Karmavore, my local vegan store, Tofurky and Daiya pizza and vegan chocolate bars have been way too tempting! Plus I suppose I was in a bit of a winter slump and turning to comfort food to get me through my work week.<br><br>
Anyway, I've learned my lesson. Clearly I can't just eat garbage and expect to be healthy, being vegan doesn't mean I don't have to take care of myself. I'm going to get a Vitamix and start making green smoothies! And I'll definitely keep taking the multivitamin daily and replace some of the junk I've been eating with actual food, preferably of the leafy variety <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 
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