oa South African Family Practice - Perioral dermatitis : review article

Volume 46, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... Introduction Perioral dermatitis has a characteristic clinical picture, small erythematous papules and papulopustules erupt around the mouth, on the chin, in the nasolabial folds. A narrow band around the lips is spared. (Figures 1, 2 & 3.) In some patients the ala nasi, the glabella and the periocular areas are also affected while lesions on the cheeks are rare. An exclusive periocular involvement has occasionally been observed and this form has been rather clumsily named "periocular perioral dermatitis". The severity of perioral dermatitis varies between the patients. The course is often chronic and fluctuating. The lesions burn, rather than itch. ..

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