About a year ago I developed a rash around my left nostril. My doctor prescribed a topical steroid cream which for the most part seems to be ineffective. Although the severity waxes and wanes (with no apparent relation to the application of the aforementioned cream) it never goes away completely. Does anybody else with this affliction know of any effective remedies that I could discuss with my doctor?
Without knowing more about the “rash” it’s diffuclt to know.
I remember when I was about 9 or 10 years old I got a nasty crusty rash kind of thing under one nostril and I got prescribed some cream called “Cicatrin”.
Google “Cicatrin cream” and see if it looks suitable, e.g. http://emc.medicines.org.uk/emc/assets/c/html/displaydoc.asp?documentid=2165
Tell your doctor, he’ll want to know, believe me.
He’ll gladly give you something else once he knows this is not being fully effective.
Yes, this is the voice of experience speaking. He may even be surprised to learn you are persisting to use a cream that clearly isn’t really up to the job. He knows, when this occurs, it’s time to switch to cream B.
Steroid creams decrease inflammation, but shouldn’t be used long-term. They can cause redness and broken vessels around the nose (speaking from experience). I would try stopping the steroid cream. What works great for me–Neutrogena oil-free foaming acne face wash (not always easy to find!). Work it up into a lather with your hands (don’t ever scrub your face), and use it in the morning and before bed. I bet it will help! I’d use a moisturizer/ face lotion around the nose, too, right after rinsing your face in the morning.