It is a common skin problem that generally affects young women and children. “Perioral” refers to the area around the mouth, and “dermatitis” indicates a rash or irritation of the skin. There are small red bumps, mild peeling, mild itching, and sometimes burning associated with perioral dermatitis.
If not treated, perioral dermatitis may last for months to years. Even if treated, the condition may recur several times, but usually the disorder does not return after successful treatment. Perioral dermatitis with sparing of the area around the lips
The cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown. But some dermatologists believe it is a form of rosacea or sunlight-worsened seborrheic dermatitis. Strong corticosteroid creams applied to the face can cause perioral dermatitis. Some types of makeup, moisturizers, and dental products may be partially responsible.
Avoid strong prescription strength corticosteroid creams on the face. Use moisturizers, and sunscreens, and avoid using toothpaste with fluoride, tartar control ingredients, or cinnamon flavouring.
An oral antibiotic, like tetracycline, is the most common treatment for perioral dermatitis, given for several months. For milder cases, topical antibiotic creams may be used. Occasionally, you may be prescribed a specific corticosteroid cream, just for a short time to help your appearance while the antibiotics are working.
Most patients improve within two months of oral antibiotics. If corticosteroid creams were used for treatment, there may be a flare-up when the creams are stopped. If antibiotic treatment is stopped too early, however, the problem can come back.
The expenditure for the treatment is decided by the mode and type of treatment administered. Corticosteroid creams are much more expensive compared to topical antibiotic creams. Generally, a consultation with Dr. Rinky Kapoor is chargeable at INR 1000/-.
Perioral Dermatitis is not a life-threatening disease and generally has a good prognosis.
Patients should be aware that initial deterioration may take place, particularly if they have used a topical steroid as earlier treatment.
The patient should be refrained from using any other topical preparations, including cosmetics, when he/she is under treatment.
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