Q. Is it necessary to get allergy testing done for perioral dermatitis?

Answered by
Dr. Rabia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Feb 18, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have personal dermatitis. I was prescribed 12 weeks of 100 mg Doxycycline. However, I am skeptical about taking antibiotics as I have read that with a lot of people the rash returns upon finishing treatment. Also, it can mess up your gut which is apparently linked to perioral dermatitis. I have gone gluten, dairy and sugar free, started Probiotics, Zinc and Omega 3 supplements and the rash still persists. I also use Metro gel and also it helps my rash is still there. It is mild but is very annoying and sore. If I take antibiotics will it make things worse? Or should I go get allergy testing? I have also cut out flouride toothpaste and eliminated SLS.

Dr. Rabia

Dermatology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You can skip Doxycycline, if you have gut problems and you cannot tolerate it. If you are suspecting that your perioral dermatitis is due to contact of any allergic material, then go for allergy testing. Otherwise it will not benefit you. I would like to know your work. Any allergy to known material and picture of your leison? You can use mild steroid preparation over it for relief.


Probable diagnosis:

Perioral dermatitis

Treatment plan:

Apply hydrocortisone 1% ointment over leisons bd for 2 weeks
Take antihistamine if you have itching
Rest continue with your measures

Preventive measures:

Maintain hygiene of the area
Wash with soap and water
Avoid using dettol and other irritants

Regarding follow up:

Follow at 2 weeks with pics plz

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