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Cracked mouth corner Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Cracked mouth corner. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had cracks at the mouth corners?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the person an infant?

    Why: can get cracked mouth corners in normal infants but they are more predisposed if the infant is a thumb sucker or bottle fed.

  3. Is person elderly?

    Why: elderly people are more at risk of cracked mouth corners because the angular fold becomes deeper with age and in toothless people if dentures are not worn. Saliva can accumulate in this fold, producing cracks.

  4. Do you wear dentures?

    Why: increases the risk of oral candidiasis.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. HIV, general debilitation and diabetes mellitus can predispose to oral candidiasis which may cause cracks at the mouth corners; iron deficiency may be due to heavy periods, peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids, bowel cancer, celiac disease or pregnancy; atopic or seborrheic dermatitis can cause cracks at the mouth corners.

  6. Dietary history?

    Why: nutritional deficiency states can cause burning mouth, sore tongue, cracked lips and cracked mouth corners e.g. zinc, Vitamin C, folate, iron, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), B6 and B12 deficiency.

  7. Medications?

    Why: e.g. cancer chemotherapy drugs can cause cracks at the mouth corner.

  8. Symptoms of oral candidiasis?

    Why: E.g. may be asymptomatic but may have burning sensation or dryness in mouth, reduced taste sensation, white spots on tongue, pain with swallowing.

  9. Symptoms of riboflavin (Vitamin B2) deficiency?

    Why: E.g. fissuring at the corners of the mouth, red inflamed tongue, seborrheic dermatitis on face, scrotum or vagina.

  10. Symptoms of scurvy?

    Why: e.g. weakness, muscle pain, swollen spongy gums, bleeding gums, spontaneous bruising and loosening of teeth.

  11. Symptoms of iron deficiency?

    Why: E.g. tiredness, pale skin and conjunctiva, red painful tongue, brittle nails.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cracked mouth corner:

The following list of conditions have 'Cracked mouth corner' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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