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Perioral Dermatitis: Facts

Facts About Perioral Dermatitis

  • Perioral dermatitis affects the area around the lips and nose.
  • The precise cause of perioral dermatitis is not known. It is believed that it may be because of use of toothpaste, cosmetics, rosacea, etc.
  • Small acne-like pimples form around the lips and between the nose and lips in perioral dermatitis.
  • If left untreated, perioral dermatitis can persist for months.
  • Heavy steroids can cause problems because once they are stopped, the diseases may return with a severe flare -up.
  • Oral and topical antibiotics are normally used to treat perioral dermatitis.
  • There is no way to prevent perioral dermatitis.
  • Fluoride and cinnamon toothpastes should be avoided.

Article created on: September 11, 2006

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