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How do medications treat perioral dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Topical medications such as metronidazole, erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide, tacrolimus, clindamycin, or pimecrolimus can help clear up perioral dermatitis by eliminating the red bumps. If an infection is present, oral antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, or erythromycin may be used to take care of it.

Talk with your doctor about the full range of treatments for perioral dermatitis. 
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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