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Posted on Tue, 17 Nov 2015
Question: My face has been going thru bouts of redness with a rough red forehead down thru my eyelids. Drs. are varied in their opinions. First Dr. said rosaces or lupus. 2nd PA said seb. dermatitis. 3rd Ophth. said blepharitis. All gave me variations of cortisone treatment. It cleared up but my cheeks still get red periodically. It all started with a red mark on my forehead in the shape of a "T" above my eyebrows going down to top of nose. It was itchy & after about 3 weeks it would go away. Now it's morphed into something that occurs more often creating red, itchy eyelids & cheeks. Any ideas? Thanks. Marcy
PS I need a really good Dermatologist but can't get in until end of November. What do I do in the meantime? Use cortisone cream?? Side effects?? Marcy
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Cortisone is the best topical treatment till Dermatologist opinion.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I am sure you are confused with all the above terms said by different doctors. Let me clear Blepharitis can happen with Seborrhoeic dermatitis and also with Lupus.

I suspect it to be Seborrhoeic dermatitis but it did not itch so it should go with rosacea or Lupus which has classic malar rash. It would be clear with a picture attached with the query.

Let me tell you that all of the above require a topical steroid treatment. I think cortisone ointment /cream is safe and can easily help to clear the mild blotches. You can use moisturizer along with it for it to act longer. Winters can be worse so you should get the Dermatologist before it starts cold. The side effects of topical cortisone are near to nil, so you can safely use them.

Hope this helps.
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Suggest remedy for blepharitis

Brief Answer: Cortisone is the best topical treatment till Dermatologist opinion. Detailed Answer: Hi, I am sure you are confused with all the above terms said by different doctors. Let me clear Blepharitis can happen with Seborrhoeic dermatitis and also with Lupus. I suspect it to be Seborrhoeic dermatitis but it did not itch so it should go with rosacea or Lupus which has classic malar rash. It would be clear with a picture attached with the query. Let me tell you that all of the above require a topical steroid treatment. I think cortisone ointment /cream is safe and can easily help to clear the mild blotches. You can use moisturizer along with it for it to act longer. Winters can be worse so you should get the Dermatologist before it starts cold. The side effects of topical cortisone are near to nil, so you can safely use them. Hope this helps.