How do medications treat perioral dermatitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Antibiotics have been shown to be effective in treating perioral dermatitis. Creams containing medications such as metronidazole, erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide, tacrolimus, clindamycin, or pimecrolimus target and reduce the symptoms of perioral dermatitis. Tetracycline or other oral antibiotics such as doxycycline, minocycline, or erythromycin are generally prescribed over a course of several months for particularly stubborn cases. Corticosteroid creams are not a treatment for perioral dermatitis, as they are believed to be one of the causes of the rash.

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