Perioral Dermatitis is characterized by a red rash that goes from the skin around the mouth up to the skin around the nose without touching the lips or the skin immediately adjacent to the mouth. This rash may be mildly itchy, but is not considered painful. This rash is usually a sign of skin irritations due to excessive lotion or skin creams. This rash can also be a result of an allergy to the fluoride in one's toothpaste. This condition is not life threatening and non-contagious. The condition often clears up on its own and no medication is required in most cases.
Perioral Dermatitis Symptoms & Causes
Perioral Dermatitis is a condition in which the skin of the face is reddened and may have minor bumps or scales along it in a particular pattern. This pattern typically goes from the corners of the mouth to the corners of the nose without touching the skin around the lips. This condition is not painful, but may cause an itching sensation, especially when in contact with sweat or hot water. This condition may come and go for months or years before finally going away for good. This condition is most often seen in adult women, although it has been seen in children and men on occasion.
The most common cause of Perioral Dermatitis is the overuse of steroid creams or other facial creams. These creams can irritate the facial skin and cause this rash to appear. Other causes can include a reaction to one's make up or lotions. Rarely, a reaction to the fluoride in toothpaste has been known to cause the perioral dermatitis. There are also other facial conditions that can cause these symptoms but in such cases, it is the other condition that must be treated and not the perioral dermatitis. One such condition that causes a rash such as this is rosacea.
Perioral Dermatitis Prevention & Treatment
A great method of preventing this condition is to limit the use of one's lotions, make up, and steroid creams. In such cases as one feels the need to use such creams and lotions, one should think that less is more, as less often does not cause such a rash. If it is the fluoride that is the cause of the condition, switching to non-fluoride toothpaste can greatly reduce the chances of a reoccurrence. Also using a gentle wash rather than a harsh alcohol based wash to wash one's face is a great way to prevent the condition.
Treatment of the condition is simply a matter of removing the cause. In most cases, people have used lotions for so long that the face is physically addicted to the lotions. This rash is a call for that lotion and to get rid of the rash; one must halt the addiction cold turkey. This may cause the rash to worsen for a short time, but the long term results will be worth it. The long term results include a brighter face and a lack of red rashes.