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I need help in figuring out what is wrong with my skin.  I have always had a clear complexion but 2 times in my life I have had issues with the skin between my nose and mouth.  I went to a dermatologist once and he perscribed this ointment and it went away. I was working in the service industry then, but not now.  I dont know if I am having this as a result of an allergic reaction, or is it a fungus or a staph infection or some kind of bacterial infection or yeast infection or something else?  This is 15 years later and now its back, I have chapped skin under my nose and all around my mouth and lips and also under my eye, it almost looks like I have a black eye because of the redness and swelling.  It is now on my hands and fingers.  My symptoms are, itchiness, chapping, red and inflamed, cracked.  I have tried elidil, bactroban, aloe, baby lotion, petrolium type ointments like bacitracin, buttermilk cream, chapped lip stuff and most recently aveeno (which worked for like a day then it came back).  I dont know what to do!!!   It Itches and looks terrible and is painful.  I am uninsured, so a dermatology appointment is out of the question for the time being.  Please help me before my skin is permanently damaged and scarred from all the chapping.  Thank you.
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This may sound like an eczematous disease.Examples of which are seborrheic dermatitis, contact and allergic dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis. However, a consult with a dermatologist is necessary to identify the condition.

Meanwhile, apply cool compress over the face to reduce itchiness. An OTC antihistamine may be able to relieve the symptoms.Moisturize the face with a bland hypoallergenic cream ( do not use lotion) as needed.

Avoid exposure to heat , dry environments, abrasive soaps. Drink plenty of water and eat well.Relax and avoid unnecessary worrying as much as possible.

Consult with a dermatologist as soon as you can for proper mangement.
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Thank you... I will follow your advise and see if it helps until I can afford a dermatologist
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