My 11 year old son has had a rash on both sides of his nose for about 2 years. At times it really flares up (redness, dry & scaled) at others it is not to bad.
We saw a dermatologist and she recommended
Protopic which provided temporary relief, then recommended
Loprox Gel (0.77%) which only made it appear worse. We have tried washing with dandruff shampoo, applying skin lotions etc.
Nothing seems to be helping! Any advice?
Hard to say. It sounds like seborrheic dermatitis, but Protopic should do a better job that what you describe. I suggest trying over-the-counter hydrocortisone twice a day for 10 days. If that doesn't clear things up, see a dermatologist. If it does, stop and resume as needed, since this condition recurs when it wants to.
One more thing: If your son rubs the area, consciously or absent-mindedly, that could explain the rash's persistence. The best way to deal with that habit, if it's there, is to ignore it and use the hydrocortisone to keep things quiet. Your son will stop rubbing soon enough.
Either way, nothing to worry about, and no long-term skin damage.
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