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Rash around Mouth Causes, In Kids, Itchy, Burning with Pictures

Why do I have a rash around my mouth? In case you have it, we have an in-depth insight covering causes including those before periods, the itchy and burning ones, in toddlers as well as red bumps around mouth and lips. You will also learn about symptoms and treatments.

The skin around the mouth is much thinner and delicate than most places on the body. It also lacks the natural moisturizing ability adequately. They can occur due to physical injury, dryness and intense sunlight.

Sometimes this rash may extend on to the lip surface but there are certain types of rash around the mouth that only affects the skin and never involves the lips itself.


This will help you understand some of the causes and symptoms to expect.

Rash around mouth due to perioral dermatitis
 perioral dermatitis

Causes including red bumps

The following are causes them to most adults:

Contact dermatitis

This is a skin problem that causes inflammation that occurs when some substances make contact with the skin. They appear as itchy red bumps around the mouth that are sometimes painful and samples of these contact dermatitis are certain makeup products, poison ivy, or some skin care products.


This is also a skin condition that causes both irritation and inflammation around your mouth and can also cause a rash to appear on your feet, face, knees, and hands. The rash is characterized by itching, redness, and swelling, and will appear thick and flaky.

There are several factors that trigger up appearances it is such as extreme temperatures, stress, and certain chemicals that may be found in the soaps you use, etc.


This skin condition around this area is triggered by an allergic reaction due to the food we eat or medication. Another trigger of hives is stress. If the rash is on your lips, it is called angioedema, which is like hives.

Perioral dermatitis

These skin problems around the mouth usually affect women on most occasions and it causes a group of small red bumps to appear. The rash can also spread to your upper lip, chin, and cheeks, making the areas of the skin very flaky and dry.

This medical condition happens to people with oily faces and can be caused by using certain lotions and creams containing strong chemicals.


A rash rough the mouth can be informed red bumps around the mouth. The bumps may be scaly in appearance. The bumps can also appear in the area under the eyes, on the forehead, and on the chin. These small bumps can contain pus or fluids and may resemble acne.

You may also experience symptoms such as burning or itching, especially as the rash worsens.

In toddler

Causes of in toddlers or infants include:

Hand, foot, and mouth disease

This is a skin problem caused by a virus known as coxsackie. With this disease, the rash is accompanied by a fever.


This is a bacterial infection that causes a contagious rash. The rash will consist of raised red bumps and a light brown crust around the child’s mouth and nose.

Smearing of food around mouth

This is usually messy eating and if is left there for some time, a rash may develop since it may harbor bacteria which may lead to infection.


They can also cause rashes because of the drool that they collect. These will likely occur in the corner of the infant’s mouth.


This happens mostly among infants resulting in the development of rashes. This is especially true if the saliva is left on the skin for long periods of time.

With a burning sensation

This condition around the skin of the mouth could be due to:

Chemical Burns

It can occur when a strong chemical touches your skin. Chemicals that can cause burns are usually strong acids or strong bases. A chemical burn may cause redness, pain, or blisters on the skin.

Canker Sores

They usually appear on the tongue or cheeks, on the inside lips, at the base of the gums, or on the soft palate. You may have just one sore, or there may be several in a cluster. Canker sores can be painful. But they usually heal on their own and do not need medical treatment.

Other conditions include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Angular cheilitis
  • Oral (mouth) herpes

Before period

This condition is due to autoimmune progesterone dermatitis, a rare skin condition in women that recurs in a cyclical manner corresponding to their menstrual cycles. It is thought to be a response of the skin to the hormonal changes that happen just before menses.

When the blood level of the sex-hormone progesterone rises, the skin rash happens as an autoimmune response to the body’s own progesterone and when progesterone level falls, there is partial to complete resolution of the rash. It will recur during the next cycle.


Perioral dermatitis is a common facial skin problem characterized by groups of itchy or tender small red papules. It is given this name because the papules occur around the eyes, the nostrils, the mouth and occasionally, the genitals. Other causes we have mentioned can also result to an itchy rash around your mouth.

Rash around mouth and lips

For some other people, this is a chronic, ongoing condition. For others, it may pop up seemingly at random, even if the rest of their skin isn’t dry. Here are some of the most common causes of dry skin rash around the mouth.

  • Perioral dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Climate changes, lip licking, and certain medications


Contact dermatitis is only treated when the symptoms are severe and not resolving with conservative measures. Corticosteroid creams may be prescribed for use on the skin.

Perioral dermatitis is treated with antibiotics when the condition does not resolve with stopping all skin applications.

Eliminate any new products you might be using in the area, such as a new facial cleanser, or new makeup.

Avoid using any harsh cleansers, alcohol-based lotions or skin creams that contain steroids on your face, especially near the mouth area.

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