A few months ago, I posted a blog about drooling, titled “Pass Me the Drool Cup, Please.” Little did I know that, besides being an embarrassment and inconvenience, drooling can also cause a yeast infection in the corners of the mouth. As mentioned in my previous blog, this is due to the loss of muscle in the mouth area, which increases the grooves at the corners of the lips, providing a “channel” for the saliva to leak out.
After suffering from red, cracked and slightly painful lips for over a month, I finally paid a visit to my dermatologist who quickly made the diagnosis of a yeast infection. She prescribed a cream to apply to the lips twice a day and recommended liberally applying Vaseline or other similar substances around the corners of my mouth in order to prevent drooling, especially at bedtime.
She also suggested that a permanent solution would be Botox injections on a regular basis. Having had enough needles shoved into sensitive areas of my body over the past few years, I quickly nixed that solution.
Needless to say, this menopause journey has certainly provided a real education for me.