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Every year around allergy season, or really just whenever my nose is runny, the area all around my nose turns a really bright red- not cute at all! I affectionately call this look my Crackhead Nose. This is actually normal due to all the nose blowing and tissue rubbing I do. It is even expected.
What is not expected is a bright red, dry, scaly area on the skin surrounding my nose that burns when you touch it. What is also not expected is for said patch of grossness to appear in the middle of summer and not go away.
I made an appointment with my dermatologist when I got back from vacation and finally got in to see him yesterday. This crazy Crackhead Nose has been bothering me since about mid-July and I had just about had it. I’m sure he thought I was crazy when he walked in because there I was…hair done, eyes done, no powder on with this crazy red Rudolph nose. It looked bad yesterday.
His initial thought was it could be Rosacea but when he found out I take Flonase every night before bed he knew exactly what it was…Perioral Dermatitis. Perioral Dermatitis is a chronic rash that forms around the nose/mouth of women and children. Men get it too but it’s rare that they do. PD is often confused for Rosacea or even really bad acne because it can cause acne breakouts.
Perioral Dermatitis is caused by some sort of corticosteroid coming into contact with your face chronically. Mine just happened to be Flonase. This is not to say that Flonase causes PD, mine happened because I take my Flonase before bed and I sleep on my left side. Apparently some of the Flonase was dripping out of my nose and getting on my face on the same spot every single night.
The solution? Use my Flonase in the mornings instead of at night so I won’t have that problem anymore. I was also prescribed an antibiotic/antimicrobial gel/cream to put on the skin around my nose twice a day. I’m supposed to use it every day for two months and fingers crossed it will clear up.
Since I have had Perioral Dermatitis once I will always be prone to get it so I need to watch out for any corticosteroid use on my face.
This topic may be considered gross to some people and I get that, but I thought it was important to talk about since it happened to me and can be treated easily. If you have any signs or symptoms of Perioral Dermatitis you need to go get checked by your dermatologist. It won’t go away on its own and can actually get really bad really quickly if left untreated.
Have you ever had Perioral Dermatitis??