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Dr. Duane Gels
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Perioral Dermatitis (Overview)

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 on the affected area.


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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. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
76 Doctors shared insights

Perioral Dermatitis (Overview)

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 on the affected area.


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What can cause perioral dermatitis?

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. ...Read more

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How can one treat perioral dermatitis?

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. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for perioral dermatitis?

What are treatment options for perioral dermatitis?

What meds r u using: Perioral dermatitis is frequently caused by usage of topical steroid preparations on the face. If u are putting any lotions or creams on your face, check that they don't contain a steroid and stop using them! See a dermatologist who can prescribe Protopic for example, which can decrease the pod without worsening it after you stop the med. ...Read more

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Perioral dermatitis - what is the best treatment for this?

Perioral dermatitis - what is the best treatment for this?

Find the cause: You can use any non fragrant lip balm or moisturizer with petroleum jelly, a mmild topical steroid will help heal it. But you need to find the cause and avoid it, such as contact dermatitis to something applied on the skin. ...Read more

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Will my perioral dermatitis only get worse if the fluoride toothpaste gets on my face or just from brushing with it?

Will my perioral dermatitis only get worse if the fluoride toothpaste gets on my face or just from brushing with it?

Yes, it will: Perioral dermatitis is a common skin rash that mainly affects young women and fluoride toothpaste has been suggested as a possible trigger. Change your toothpaste. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can perioral dermatitis be prevented?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Otc suggestions for perioral dermatitis?

Otc suggestions for perioral dermatitis?

Cortisone cream: Topical cortisone cream, sulfacetamide or sulfa products, anti fungal cream such as Clotrimazole or ketoconazole are all helpful. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the appearance of perioral dermatitis?? And how does it develop?

What is the appearance of perioral dermatitis?? And how does it develop?

See description: Perioral dermatitis is tiny pin head sized rash around your mouth. This rash is pretty much similar to acne and rosacea. They all have some similarities. Usually there are clogging of hair roots by dead skin cells and they get infected with bacteria. ...Read more

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Hi, is there any natural alternatives to minomycin, I have perioral dermatitis but do not like taking drugs, is there natural alternatives I can try?

Hi, is there any natural alternatives to minomycin, I have perioral dermatitis but do not like taking drugs, is there natural alternatives I can try?

Peri-oral acne?: Since you describe a peri-oral rash and a physician has already prescribed minocycline it is likely that you have acne. This can be treated by washing your face several times a day with anti-bacterial soaps and drying agents. A topical antibiotic cream like metronidazole or minocycline can also help. I would only take on oral antibiotic as a last resort if nothing else works. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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