|With Health Insurance: $5-$50 Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurance||Without Health Insurance: $50-$900|
Perioral dermatitis is a rash that forms around the mouth, often causing a burning feeling. It typically occurs in women. The cause is not known, but the use of steroid creams for other conditions might play a part.
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- For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of doctor visit copays, prescription drug copays of $5-$50 or more, or coinsurance of 10%-50%. However, certain medications might not be covered in some cases. For example, an Aetna clinical policy bulletin states that the brand-name antibiotic Oracea is only covered for patients with a documented diagnosis of rosacea.
- For patients not covered by health insurance, treatment for perioral dermatitis typically costs about $50-$500 or more for topical treatments, depending on the drug and the amount used. For example, Drugstore.com charges about $35 for a tube of sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur antibiotic and skin-drying lotion. It charges about $45 for a bottle of clindamycin phosphate antibiotic lotion. It charges about $150-$300 for a tube, depending on size and strength, of the immunosuppressant ointment Protopic. Drugstore.com charges about $175 for a tube of metronidazole anti-protozoal and antibacterial cream.
- And treatment for perioral dermatitis with an oral antibiotic typically costs from less than $20 to about $50 -- but can cost almost $900 for the brand-name antibiotic Oracea. For example, Drugstore.com charges about $18 for a two-month course of the oral antibiotic tetracycline. It charges about $50 for a two-month course of the oral antibiotic minocycline. And it charges about $860 for a two-month course of Oracea, a brand-name, sustained release doxycycline antibiotic formulated for rosacea, but also sometimes used for perioral dermatitis.
What should be included:|
- Perioral dermatitis typically is diagnosed by visual examination. If the patient is using a topical steroid product for another condition, the doctor likely will recommend it be stopped.
- For very mild cases, the doctor often will prescribe a topical antibacterial lotion, cream or ointment, such as sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur , clindamycin phosphate , or metronidazole , to be applied once or twice daily for two months or longer.
- For moderate to severe cases, the doctor might prescribe an oral antibiotic, usually tetracycline , doxycycline or minocycline , typically for two months or longer.
- PubMed Health has an overview of perioral dermatitis .
- It is recommended to wear sunscreen for sensitive skin with SPF 30 or higher to help protect skin.
- It typically is recommended to use facial cleanser and moisturizer formulated for sensitive skin.
Shopping for perioral dermatitis treatment:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator for clinics with sliding fee scales based on income.
- Some drug manufacturers offer patient assistance programs. Any patient without prescription drug coverage who is not eligible for Medicare typically qualifies for Together Rx Access , a discount card that offers 25%-40% off many brand-name drugs.
- A dermatologist should diagnose and treat perioral dermatitis. The American Academy of Dermatology offers a dermatologist locator .
- WebMD offers a guide to care of sensitive skin.
| Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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