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Hi, Is peri oral dermatitis contagious? I have been started on lymecycline, when can I expect to see results of my symptoms disappearing? Georgi

Hi, 

Is peri oral dermatitis contagious? 

I have been started on lymecycline, when can I expect to see results of my symptoms disappearing? 

Georgi

Depends on cause: Perioral dermatitis means irritation of the skin by the mouth. By itself it is not contagious. However, there are many causes for dermatitis, some of which are infectious in nature. So what is the cause of the dermatitis in your case? Do you have a diagnosis of the cause? While limecycline is an antibiotic, it is also used to treat skin diseases like acne, so that is not enough to answer ur questi ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Is dermatitis very contagious?

Is dermatitis very contagious?

Depends on cause: Eczema or dermatitis are general terms we use to describe a group of inflammed skin conditions that causes chronic, itchy rashes. Types of eczema include: allergic, contact, irritant, nummular eczema, and many others. For the most part, these are not contagious but rather may involve a person's overactive immune system in the presence of certain conditions, materials or allergens. ...Read more

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I heard that dermatitis is highly contagious. How contagious is it really?

I heard that dermatitis is highly contagious. How contagious is it really?

Variable: Dermatitis is a broad term meaning "inflammation of the skin" there are some conditions mostly microbial(virus/bacteria) that are spread by direct contact. There are some spread by other means like chicken pox which is caught by spread of "fomites" or sputum like the common cold. In general barrier protection and careful hygiene are optimal in reducing the spread of many but not all dermatitis. ...Read more

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How long should a rash last if not contagious?

Varies: This question is so open ended. Hours, days, weeks, months, years- depends upon the cause. Lets get a diagnosis! ...Read more

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Rash on the back of the neck, any concern about being contagious?

Rash on the back of the neck, any concern about being contagious?

See your doctor: Rashes are notoriously difficult to diagnose online. You should see your family practice physician and have him look at it to determine the type of rash as well as the best treatment. ...Read more

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Pityriasis rosea rash. Is it contagious to newborn babies?

Pityriasis rosea rash.  Is it contagious to newborn babies?

Have never seen it: Although i probably se a half dozen cases of pr /yr I have never seen it in a newborn in three decades + of practice. I do remember one case in a toddler about 18 mo, but none younger. ...Read more

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Dermatitis (Definition)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more