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chronic tiny red dots/bumps near mouth

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Hello all ... my 4.5 year old daughter has had a frequent rash (?) near her mouth in the past 4 months or so. Never happened before. It starts as small red spots, on her upper lip & near the corner(s) of her mouth; spreads a bit & progresses to involve some raised bumps near both corners, on her chin & upper lip.

A few weeks ago she was also rubbing saliva on the area, presumably because it was irritated and she thought that would help. Of course it had the opposite effect, drying & further irritating the skin. Consulting nurse suggested I try neosporin on the area morning & night for a week, and sure enough, it cleared up. But now the early stages (red spots/raised bumps) are back.

I'm looking for insights about what might be causing this, and how I might try treating it. She had a comprehensive allergy panel test a few months ago & tested that she has no common allergies.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!!
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Originally Posted by lucysmom View Post
[x-posted in health & healing]

Hello all ... my 4.5 year old daughter has had a frequent rash (?) near her mouth in the past 4 months or so. Never happened before. It starts as small red spots, on her upper lip & near the corner(s) of her mouth; spreads a bit & progresses to involve some raised bumps near both corners, on her chin & upper lip.

A few weeks ago she was also rubbing saliva on the area, presumably because it was irritated and she thought that would help. Of course it had the opposite effect, drying & further irritating the skin. Consulting nurse suggested I try neosporin on the area morning & night for a week, and sure enough, it cleared up. But now the early stages (red spots/raised bumps) are back.

I'm looking for insights about what might be causing this, and how I might try treating it. She had a comprehensive allergy panel test a few months ago & tested that she has no common allergies.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!!
What you describe sounds EXACTLY like what my ds1 has. I was putting Lanisoh on it regularly and it got a bit better, but then I got lazy and now it's back.

He tends to have dry/sensitive skin anyway, so I just assumed it was that. Probably a combination of dry weather, drool (he still drools quite a bit for a 4yo), and maybe irritation from not cleaning his face after he eats. My ds doesn't seem bothered by it, but it looks painful and itchy.

I'm going to try your idea of Neosporin.
post #3 of 6
my dd has eczema and fish oil capsules are really helpful when we take them regularly. She tends to break out like that due to allergies or cold air.
post #4 of 6
It sounds like a drool rash.

Dr Sears says:
This rash will often remain for weeks at a time. Just when it seems to finally clear up, something irritates it again and it returns for another few weeks. In time, this will clear up for good, and no treatment is really necessary. If its appearance bothers you, you can try applying Aquaphor healing ointment, lanolin ointment (used for sore nipples during breastfeeding), or hydrocortisone 1% cream twice a day until clear. But be warned, it will probably come back.
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I love it! "Drool rash." That does indeed seem like what this is -- and that's how it's behaving (clears up with neosporin, comes back). Very happy NOT to embark on a food elimination regime or worry about it ... "it will go away" is excellent news. Thank you Ceili & Dr. Sears!!
post #6 of 6
my DS (now almost 5) had this for quite awhile. months!.it cleared up when I STOPPED using products on it. it took awhile though.
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