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What are the treatment options for perioral dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Treatment options for perioral dermatitis usually involve topical medications such as metronidazole, erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide, tacrolimus, clindamycin, or pimecrolimus. In some severe cases, oral antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, or erythromycin may be prescribed. Your doctor will tell you not to use skin creams containing steroids, since they can aggravate perioral dermatitis.

Talk with your doctor about treatments for perioral dermatitis. 

Unlike other forms of dermatitis, treating perioral dermatitis with steroid creams will not eliminate the symptoms; in fact, steroids only make perioral dermatitis symptoms worse. However, there are several other types of medicated cream your doctor can prescribe for you as a first course of treatment. Treatment often lasts for several months. If creams do not eliminate the symptoms, oral antibiotics can be tried instead.

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