Perioral dermatitis is an inflammatory rash that occurs on the skin around the mouth. The rash may spread to your nose or even your eyes in some cases. If this happens, it is then referred to as periorificial dermatitis.
If you notice a scaly or red bumpy rash around your mouth, you may have perioral dermatitis. If you have dark skin, the lesions may be brown or hyperpigmented. The bumps may contain fluid, resulting in fluid discharge; you may also experience slight itching and burning.
Perioral dermatitis can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or race. However, it is more common among women between 20 and 45. The rash can last for several weeks or months. The condition is often chronic and relapsing, but it tends to disappear when the offending agents are removed.
Symptoms of Perioral dermatitis
You know you have Perioral dermatitis when a rash or red bump appears around the mouth and in folds around the nose. The spots are usually scaly in appearance, and they can spread as far as around the eyes, the forehead, and the chin. The bumps can contain pus or fluid that may resemble acne. Other symptoms include itching and burning.