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ANGULAR CHEILITIS on lips. Symptom of HIV?

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I have had what I think is an angular cheilitis on one corner of my lips for two months now, and it hasn't diminished. It is a small, swollen opening on the corner of my mouth, and I feel pain whenever it cracks, when I open my mouth wide, or sometimes when I expose it to liquid. I always read that these "sores" go away within a week or so, but its been two months. I am also sexually active, though both my partner and I have never had sexual contact with anyone else and until now we have both been "clean." I cannot say whether this is an HIV infection or not.

Please let me know if this sore is a symptom of HIV or anything serious, and what I can do to make it go away.

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Let me start by reassuring you that this is no way is HIV. Moreover from your history, you are not even at any risk of HIV. So please do not worry.
This sore is a typical vitamin deficiency sore. Some people are predisposed to such sores and hence i recommend you to take a good multivitamin supplement from now on at least for a month. Tab. Neurobion Forte will be a good supplement, once at bed time for a month.
Also i recommend the application of Xytee Gel on the affected spot. 2-3 times a day.
Try these medications and let me know,

Patient replied :

Thank you.
Also, for days now, one of my eyes has been very red with the veins touching the iris. I wear contact lenses but I kept them off, rested my eyes and treated it with visine. However, today I noticed that the redness worsened and I feel some discomfort in my eye. I looked in the mirror and the top of the iris looks "dented," slanted instead of round.
What does this mean?

Thank you for your follow up.
Was there any recent trauma to your eye?
It could also indicate conjunctivitis, however that denting needs tobe examined by an ophthalmologist with a slit lamp examination.
I will advise you to use Olopatadine eye drops 1 drop in the affected eye every 6 hours. It could be due to some irritation from the lens.
But the veins touching the iris indicate ciliary congestion and that is pertinent to conjunctivitis.
If it does not settle down on taking olopatadine then you need to use ciplox eye drop 3 times daily every 6 hours.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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