Perioral Dermatitis Treatment

Perioral dermatitis treatment can come in different forms ranging from natural remedies at home to more complex prescription products. One’s choice of treatment can simply vary due to the degree of the condition as well as the age of the patient. Most physicians would agree to home treatments for those who have a more delicate condition such as children and only provide prescription medications at extreme cases. But let us first consider what perioral dermatitis is.

The term perioral dermatitis actually refers to a skin disease or condition where the area of skin around the mouth becomes inflamed or develops papules or red bumps. There may also be small perioral-dermatitis-on-moutheruptions in the area. Usually, the inflamed or reddish area will feel to be itching, stinging or burning. Although the term actually on considers the area around the mouth, it can also occur on other areas on the face. It can be seen on the forehead, the cheeks, and even around the eyes. So who are the people who usually catch this condition? According to studies, the disease almost always shows on women ranging from those who are in their early twenties up to their forties.

The symptoms of the condition may include the appearance of scaly or flaky skin on the affected area, an itchy or burning sensation; the area may also feel tense or lumpy due to the inflammation, and even a painless inflamed area. These conditions may happen all at the same time or one thing may be absent when the others occur. According to some specialists, the condition may be brought about by several factors: facial creams and ointments, sun exposure, fluoride found in toothpastes, and changes in the hormonal levels of women.

The treatment therefore for perioral dermatitis can vary to the underlying causes and circumstances surrounding the breakout. If the condition is brought about by hormone imbalance, then the appropriate treatment of correcting the hormone distribution would be preferred. If created by exposure to the sun, particularly, to ultraviolet light, then the correct sunscreen protection should be used. If the patient had been using some particular facial cream or ointment particularly those that contain anti-aging ingredients such as steroids, then stoppage of its application would solve the problem. Among children, the condition has been found to be primarily caused with the using fluoride toothpastes. So, refraining from using such products would technically reduce the degree of swelling.

In particular, the basic treatment that can be used for perioral dermatitis is by washing the face with warm water and soap. But for those who are experiencing a more advanced stage of the disease, a physician would prescribe an antibiotic or antifungal cream which is also used for acne. Such medications may include erythromycin, a cortisone cream, ketoconazole or clotrimazole creams, and a topical antibacterial treatment. The amount and length of duration of the application of such treatments may vary from one patient to another depending on the degree of the condition as well as the person’s overall state of health.

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