need an immediate fix for oral dermatitis redness
November 18, 2011 2:27 PM Subscribe
Relief for peri-oral dermatitis redness, while I wait for my appointment with the dermatologist? Is putting vinegar on it a really bad idea?
After several failed prescription and OTC ointment and lotion attempts (all given to me/prescribed by a dermatologist), I made another appointment for next week to (hopefully) get antibiotics to treat this for good. However, I have several social engagements that I would like to partake in this weekend and next week without walking around with a red rash on my face.
I've done some internet research, and a few sources recommend putting apple cider vinegar on the rash as a way to treat oral dermatitis. Has anyone done this? Is this going to make my skin even redder and angrier at first, and if yes, will it calm down by tomorrow night if I put it on tonight? I also read that coconut oil helps. Does it? Does it calm skin down in ~1 day?
I understand that even the antibiotics take as long as a few weeks to start working, so anything I can do to minimize the rash at first (even if it's not by tomorrow), after I start the antibiotics? The doctor gave me really gentle cleanser and lotion to use, but that doesn't help the rash go away. I somehow trust MeFi internet strangers more than random forum internet strangers, so give me your advice based on previous experience, please.
I know that steroidal creams work immediately, but then make the rash worse when you stop using them (I was originally self-medicating with that before I realized this isn't going away and I need to get myself to a doctor) - should I just use it anyway until I get the antibiotics, or is that a really bad idea?
I should probably not be so vain, but it's getting worse every day. It was sort of tolerable before (though still red and angry), but today it's finally reached the point where I am actually really embarrassed of my face. And people are staring.