Perioral dermatitis is an inflammatory condition that occurs in children and in adults, usually young and middle aged women. Causes of perioral dermatitis are unknown, but exogenous factors such as potent topical corticosteroid, inhaled corticosteroid, irritant cosmetics may play some part in the pathogenesis.
Perioral dermatitis symptoms
Although lesions of perioral dermatitis may burn or feel tender, most patients complain about their appearance rather than about specific symptoms. The disease is more common in women and usually occurs in early adulthood. Erythematous papules and pustules with minimal scales are the characteristic lesions.
Diagnosis of perioral dermatitis
The diagnosis of perioral dermatitis is made by clinical examination. Punch biopsy or laboratory testing is rarely necessary. Patch testing excludes a contact dermatitis.
Differential diagnosis of perioral dermatitis
Rosacea has more extensive facial lesions and greater amounts of flushing. Acne Vulgaris has other types of lesions such as comedones and larger cysts, and the patients are often younger. Contact dermatitis is pruritic and can often be linked to a specific agent. Seborrhea is scaly, and located on the central face, and has accompanied dandruff.
Perioral dermatitis treatment with homeopathic medicines
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat perioral dermatitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available for the treatment of perioral dermatitis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of perioral dermatitis:
Antim Tart, Arsenic Album, Graphites, Kali Chl, Kreosote, Natrum Carb, Natrum Mur, Nitric Acid, Rhus Tox, Sepia, Staphisagria, Sulphur, Agaricus, Bovista, Cadmium Sulph, Calcaria Carb, Hepar Sulph, Kali Bi, Kali Carb, Ledum Pal, Lycopodium, Mag Carb, Mag Mur, Mercurius, Merc C, Muriatic Acid, Nux Vomica, Petroleum, Phosphorous, Silicea, Ammonium Carb, Borax, Calcaria Carb, Lachesis, Natrum Phos, and many other medicines.