What educational information should be provided to patients with with perioral dermatitis (POD)?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Hans J Kammler, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Reassurance and education about possible underlying factors and the time course of the disease are critical. These measures help the patient to cope with the character of the disease and help to minimize the risk of recurrences.

Patients have to be aware that initial deterioration may occur, especially if they previously used a topical steroid.

The use of all topical preparations, including cosmetics, should be avoided except the prescribed medication.

The patient should be advised that remission might not occur for many weeks, despite correct treatment.


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