What's this rash on my nose?
July 18, 2011 8:10 AM   Subscribe

What's this thing on the bridge of my nose and? Some sort of rash? A fungal infection? How do I get rid of it?

It's been there for a couple of months. I can brush the flecks of skin away but the area stays reddish and they grow back in a couple of days.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
Looks like eczema, kind of. Has anything been coming into contact with it that might irritate it? Or is this totally out of the blue?
posted by clockzero at 8:12 AM on July 18, 2011

Seborrheic dermatitis, maybe?
posted by sugarfish at 8:13 AM on July 18, 2011

Seconding some sort of eczema. I had a similar problem a couple of months back, and went to the pharmacist who recommended an over-the-counter cream (E45, if you're in the UK). Cleared it up in a couple of days.
posted by monkeymonkey at 8:15 AM on July 18, 2011

Do you wear glasses? If yes, give them a soak with a little dishwashing liquid in warm water. And think about getting the fit adjusted.
posted by Carol Anne at 9:13 AM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'll vote for the seborrheic dermatitis.

I have had this for some time and have not been able to find anything that really helps until recently. At times it is so severe, it covers most of my forehead, nose, and cheeks. My wife found a web site that helped and passed the help along to me. It worked quite well and the flaking has all but disappeared after the second day of application.

Problem is, the solution is a little embarrassing... it is Monistat 7. Yes, the vaginal antifungal medication. Wash your face with a reasonable soap; no need for extra exfoliation or anything. Use a light application of the cream. Enough to cover the area, and disappear into the skin. Repeat once or twice a day.

I thought it was a "crazy idea" until I tried it and it worked quite well.
posted by Drasher at 9:53 AM on July 18, 2011 [2 favorites]

Maybe worth seeing a dermatologist, someone I know had something that looked very similar that ended up being actinic keratosis. Low cancer risk, but should probably be looked at (assuming you're insured).
posted by drumcorpse at 10:29 AM on July 18, 2011

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