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June 1972

Perioral Dermatitis and Candida albicans

Author Affiliations

Birmingham, Ala

From the departments of dermatology (Drs. Bradford and Montes) and microbiology (Dr. Montes), University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(6):892-895. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620090062013

The cause of perioral dermatitis remains an enigma. A 32-year-old woman had this condition. Candida albicans was observed in direct examination of skin scrapings, and multiple cultures of the lesions showed luxuriant growth of this organism. The dermatitis cleared completely following topical application of anticandidal agents.