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What do I need to know about caring for someone with perioral dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
When caring for someone with perioral dermatitis, remind the person to follow the treatment plan prescribed by the dermatologist, which may include the use of topical medications or oral antibiotics. Encourage the person to avoid the use of skin creams containing steroids. Perioral dermatitis is difficult to treat, and months of treatment may be required. The red bumps may return, especially if creams containing steroids are reapplied to the face.
When caring for someone with perioral dermatitis, you may be able to help the person by making sure they follow the doctor's advice--using prescribed medications as directed, or avoiding topical corticosteroids and toothpaste with fluoride, for example.  It is vital to remain compassionate about what they are going through. Most people with the condition react most strongly to the changes it brings in their appearance. Be aware of this, and the impact it has on their self-esteem. Additionally, the long course of treatment, and the fact that the disorder can return even after successful treatment can cause demoralization. Lending an understanding ear in tough times can work wonders for the other person's state of mind.

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