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Dr. Duane Gels
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Perioral Dermatitis (Definition)

A condition characterized by the development of a rash of small red bumps in the area surrounding the mouth, most commonly found in young women. The cause of this condition is not well understood but it is believed to be related to the use of steroid creams ...Read more


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What are symptoms of perioral dermatitis?

What are symptoms of perioral dermatitis?

Perioral dermatitis: Perioral dermatitis (pod) is a chronic papulopustular and eczematous facial dermatitis mainly around the mouth. It mostly occurs in women, although a distinct papular variant occurs in children.The clinical and histologic features of the perioral dermatitis lesions resemble those of rosacea. Patients require systemic and/or topical treatment, an evaluation of the underlying factors, and reassurance.

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I have perioral dermatitis what should I do?

I have perioral dermatitis what should I do?

Perioral Dermatitis: This condition is best treated with a prolonged tapering dose of antibiotics. You need to see your doctor or a dermatologist for treatment.

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Does flagyll clear up perioral dermatitis?

Does flagyll clear up perioral dermatitis?

No: Dermatitis is an inflammation and not an infection. Topical steroids ointments treat dermatitis, not flagyl, which is an antibiotic particularly geared toward anaerobic infections.

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Perioral dermatitis - how fast does doxycyline work?

Perioral dermatitis - how fast does doxycyline work?

Depends: If it is an infection then the Doxycycline might be of benefit, but it might not target the specific bacteria on the skin. If it is simply an irritant or allergic reaction, then Doxycycline will have no effect.

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Perioral dermatitis or rosacea, how to know the difference?

Perioral dermatitis or rosacea, how to know the difference?

I doubt it: I don't know a lot about his but I doubt that the shampoo would penetrate to the follicle.

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Can perioral dermatitis have psycological causes? Does the psycological effect worsen the condition?

Can perioral dermatitis have psycological causes? Does the psycological effect worsen the condition?

Yes: Peri-oral dermatitis is felt to be due to related to hormonal changes so stress can contribute to the condition.

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Could untreated Perioral Dermatitis for 8 months cause thinning and less elastic skin? If yes will it ever bounce back to normal?

Could untreated Perioral Dermatitis for 8 months cause thinning and less elastic skin? If yes will it ever bounce back to normal?

YES: AND YES at age 25 the skin can pretty much "bounce back" to any TEMPORARY loss of elasticity such as a simple dermatitis without scarring! Hope this is helpful Dr z

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What can cause perioral dermatitis?

Not clear.: The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is not known. However, it may appear after strong topical steroid creams are applied to the face to treat other conditions. (strong topical steroids should never be applied to the face.) the Fluoride in toothpaste is sometimes blamed, but I think it is rarely (if ever) the cause.

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How can one treat perioral dermatitis?

DERMATITIS: Most frequent cause of perioral dermatitis is contact dermatitis. Example you love to drink liquids with food coloring and you can be allergic to the dye, then itchy rash develops. Simply apply steroid cream at least 2x/day.

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What should I do about perioral dermatitis?

What should I do about perioral dermatitis?

Perioral dermatitis: Perioral dermatitis is a relative of rosacea. It occurs most commonly around the mouth, but can also be around the nose or eyes as well. Because it can be dry or flaky, it is often treated as eczema with topical steroids or heavy moisturizers which make it worse. It is treated with oral antibiotics and topical rosacea medications. Please see your dermatologist.

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How will perioral dermatitis affect the body?

The skin is: The largest organ in the body. A breach in its integrity can lead to a more invasive and serious infection, i.e., flesh eating bacteria. These can be of viral or bacterial origin, and the former can lead to postinfectious issues like heart and kidney disease.

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What will increases my risk for perioral dermatitis?

What will increases my risk for perioral dermatitis?

No topical steroids: The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is not known. However, it may appear after strong topical steroid creams are applied to the face to treat other conditions. (strong topical steroids should never be applied to the face.) the Fluoride in toothpaste is sometimes blamed, but I think it is rarely (if ever) the cause.

Dermatitis (Definition)

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


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more