Perioral dermatitis is a common facial skin problem in which groups of itchy or tender, small, red bumps appear around the mouth. The papules spare the skin bordering the lips but develop on the sides of the chin and then spread to include the upper lip and cheeks. The surrounding skin may be pink and the skin surface often becomes dry and flaky.
There are numerous types of fungal rashes usually consisting of red, flaky patches or bumps or bright red patches. These are easily treated with topical or oral medications. These can appear anywhere on the body including the scalp which is more common in children, hands, feet, face, extremities or trunk.
Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Herpes zoster is a localized, blistering and painful rash caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Shingles normally follows one nerve dermatome ( line) and is usually restricted to one side of the body. If you think you could have shingles, make an immediate appointment because it is best treated in the first seventy-two hours. There is now a shingles vaccination you can receive at your primary care physician’s office or pharmacy.
Seborrhea is a chronic skin condition of unknown origin, which causes scaling, oiliness, itching and redness of the skin; most commonly on the scalp (dandruff or cradle cap), face, ears, and chest. Although symptoms imply that skin is dry, seborrhea actually involves excess oil production in the glands. It can look similar to psoriasis or eczema. The exact cause is unknown, but it does not come from being unclean. It can be associated with stress, cool weather, genes, medications, yeast on the skin or certain medical conditions. Seborrhea can affect anyone from infants to adults.
What We Do:
- Dandruff shampoos
- Topical Antifungals
- Topical Steroids
- Other Topical Medications
Allergic Contact Dermatitis:
Allergic dermatitis is usually a red, blistery, itchy rash that forms because of direct contact with an allergen. There are multiple causes of allergic dermatitis but some of the more common causes are over the counter Neosporin, nickel, and fragrances in topical lotions and detergents. If needed, allergic patch testing can be performed to help find the offending agent.
There are hundreds of other skin rashes that can develop a lot of which the causes are unknown. However, these can be diagnosed with a simple skin biopsy and most have excellent treatment options.