What is perioral dermatitis (POD)?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Hans J Kammler, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Perioral dermatitis (POD) is a chronic papulopustular facial dermatitis. It mostly occurs in women and children. [1] The clinical and histologic features of the perioral dermatitis lesions resemble those of rosacea. Patients require systemic and/or topical treatment and an evaluation of the underlying factors.

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Perioral dermatitis. Courtesy of Professor Raimo S Perioral dermatitis. Courtesy of Professor Raimo Suhonen and DermNet New Zealand (http://www.dermnetnz.org/assets/Uploads/acne/s/pod6.jpg).

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