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What are the symptoms of perioral dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Symptoms of perioral dermatitis, which commonly occurs in younger women and boys and girls at the age of puberty, may include the following:
  • reddened skin under the nose and around the mouth except for a small area near the lips
  • acne-like skin eruptions
  • small skin bumps that may be pus-filled
  • peeling or flaking skin around the mouth
  • burning sensation
  • mild itching

Unlike other varieties of dermatitis, itching is not a common symptom of perioral dermatitis. It is much more usual to experience a steady burning sensation. The most distinctive symptoms of perioral dermatitis are the bumps, which come in two varieties. Papules are red, raised bumps; vesicopustules are bumps filled with pus or clear fluid. Unlike acne, there are no blackheads or whiteheads, although a rash similar to acne can appear around the forehead, nose, and eyes.

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