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How can you tell the difference between perioral dermatitis and herpes around the mouth?

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Dr. Wong Moon
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In brief: Lotion

Dermatitis usual resolves with lotion.
Herpetic lesions usual recur in the same region and does not improve with lotion. Herpes lesions improve with antiviral medication.

In brief: Lotion

Dermatitis usual resolves with lotion.
Herpetic lesions usual recur in the same region and does not improve with lotion. Herpes lesions improve with antiviral medication.
Dr. Wong Moon
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Dr. Martin Raff
And the antiviral medication should be orally administered rather than in a topical preparation.
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