name that rash
July 1, 2012 12:02 AM Subscribe
Does my face rash sound like seborrheic dermatitis or atopic eczema? And, what can I do about it while I wait for a derm appointment?
posted by cejl to health & fitness (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Several months ago, I developed a red, flaky, dry rash on my eyelid that gradually circled both my eyes, and more recently, the sides of my nose and mouth. The rash sort of fluctuates between being really flaky then just kind of red and wrinkled.
The strange thing is, my mother developed the exact same thing a few months before I did. Her family doctor says is seborrheic dermatitis. He suggested using dandruff shampoo; she found a mild soap with zinc pyrithione and this cleared her skin up, including her eyes. She gave me some soap, but my skin is more sensitive (can definitely not use it around my eyes) so I can only use it once a day, and it doesn't seem to be clearing up like hers did.
Before the rash spread around my nose and mouth, I saw a doctor, who thought I had atopic eczema, and referred me to a dermatologist (who I see in a month). Atopic eczema and seborrheic dermatitis require different treatments, and I'm not sure what to do while I wait to see the derm! My face is full of these embarrassing red patches that make me only want to leave the house at night! (though I hear that a bit of sun could be helpful and have been trying to do that)
Hydrocortisone (0.5% is all I can get OTC in Canada) helps a bit, but I can't use that on my eyelids for long periods and it's only a stop gate measure, anyways.
So, the internet is full of advice including tea tree oil, coconut oil, ACV, and the list goes on... I'm not really up for too much experimentation on my freaked-out skin, but I thought I'd turn to the more sophisticated MeFites to ask:
-> does what I have sound more like seb dermatitis or atopic eczema?
-> what do you think I should do while I wait to the derm?
quick background - I am a 32 year old female... eat a varied diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, take omega 3 and multivitamins. Moderate exercise. I have mild hormonal acne.