What causes red itchy skin around the nose?
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I will keep a possibility of seborrheic dermatitis (SD). Seborrheic Dermatitis may present as itchy, dry/ scaly, red patches on the face - most commonly on the sides of the nose, glabella, eyebrows etc. Seborrheic dermatitis is responsive to topical steroids like triamcinolone acetonide cream and others, however, the patcbes may relapse soon after the steroid cream is discontinued. Therefore, sometimes SD may require repetitive treatments and since topical steroids cannot be used long term on face, therefore, I usually suggest my patients to you either tacrolimus ointment or you may initially try a topical antifungal cream e.g 2% ketoconazole cream, if that works for you. Both of these topical preparations can be safely used on face even if required to be used long term.
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