My 6-year-old daughter always gets a rash at the corner of her mouths that seems to flare up during winter time. She's had it since she was 1-years-old. We've been to a dermatoligist and several pediatricians and noone can seem to diagnose it. I use aquaphor but it's not doing the job...does anyone have any ideas? It gets really bad at times.

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Sharon - posted on 01/03/2009

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After 5 kids and assorted "issues" in the way of skin irritations (dry, chapped, peeling, abrasions, diaper rash, etc), and we found that the product of BALMEX worked the very best in our house. My kids are now older, and we still use it! It has zinc and other healing properties, but it has certainly has been our cure-all for just about anything related to the skin. I would also dab some peroxide on the rash before applying the BALMEX so it will clean out any bacteria that is lingering. Blow on the peroxide for it to ease any discomfort (which is minimal at best) and for faster drying.



Hope this works for you! We also used Aloe Vera (100%) in the case of burns, sunburns, etc, after we peroxided and before we BALMEXed.



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At the corner of the mouth is a hard one just because anything you put there may get ingested. Is it right at the corner of the lips or on the outside of the mouth on the face? Seeing that she is 6 and if it is on the outside of the mouth, I might try to put some Clotrimazole (Generic Lotrimin. It can be found at any drugstore, Wal-Mart, etc.) on it and cover it with vaseline. You would just need to explain that she would have to be very careful not to lick that area, so that is the catch if you think she is able to do it and not ingest it, seeing as that is probably how it got to be that way in the first place from licking that area and it drying up in the winter time? I have used Clotrimazole on every type of rash from diaper to rubbing and I call it the miracle cream. Heals just about anything. I am trying to think of something else, but it sounds like you need something on there to heal it up since the Aquafor itself is not cutting it. I am surprised they have not given you anything for it since she has had it ongoing for 5 years now. Is it very sore for her?

Dana - posted on 01/03/2009

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The quickest way to clear up any skin irritations is straight LYSINE. It looks and feels like vasoline but is a vitamin...you can get it at a drug store like Walgreens, usually found by the vitamins.

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Danielle - posted on 01/05/2009

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My family has a history of eczema i get it on the coner of my mouth. I use mometasone furoate .1% it works great for us and it clears it up fast. it is a perscrision so you might have to talk to your doctor about getting it

Hope - posted on 01/04/2009

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My son had the same problem. He is now 9 yrs old and still has it. It sounds like it might be excema. His Dr. wrote him a prescription for hydrocortisone valerate cream usp,0.2%. It tends to be much worse in the winter time. He also gets patches in the fold of his arms and legs. This cream works great.

Megan - posted on 01/03/2009

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My daughter gets that as well. I use chapstick for it too and that seems to clear it up. :)

Sonja - posted on 01/03/2009

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Hi Cheryl,

Without seeing the rash is is difficult to say what the actual problem is, this could be anything from a mild dermatits to a Localized discoid lupus erythematosus, which is just a fancy name for a sore patch of reddened skin that is conitnuous and wont heal.

It is sad that the dermatologist cannot help, I would find that frustrating.

Two things to try and you should try them in this order as it will help to diagnose the actual problem.

First is a cream called Chemvita, it is a very simple vitamin A cream with a silicone base (water resistant, sometimes may contiain zinc) and calamine to stop itch and irritation. Most chemists stock this product or something very similar to it. Just make sure it is a very pure vitamin A cream (usualy a baby cream). Use this for a week or two and see if you get any positive results.

Secondly is a cortisone cream. If the sore is a form of lupus or immune system weakness that is aggravated at this time of year (by ??) then this should help to fix the problem.

Combinations of the above can also work. It may take a few weeks to get on top of it but I don't know many other creams that are better than vitamin A or a mild cortisone cream.

The only other thing is to also get her to take zinc supplements which may help to boost immunity and improve skin condition.



Cheers and good luck



Sonja

Crystal - posted on 01/03/2009

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That actually used to happen to me as a kid. My lips would get dry and chapped, then they would crack and get a rash look to them. It was always worse in the winter time because your skin dries out so easily. I would say apply Chap-Stik and lots of it. Carmex works really well, I just think it might be too rough for a 6 year old.

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