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Hi, this is Dr. Hill. Sounds like Millie may be having an allergic reaction. Dogs will develop a rash and will be restless, sometimes rubbing their face. A more severe reaction will progress to facial swelling +/- hives. If she has had issues like this before, then look for commonalities between the episodes (time of year, type of food, etc). You can safely give PLAIN benadryl 1 mg per 2 pounds body weight twice daily to see if this help with the rash initially. If the rash persists, then she may need antibiotics and a stronger antihistamine. Because Millie is a bull dog, I would take her to an emergency clinic if she develops facial swelling. Their airway can become obstructed with swelling. Feel free to ask follow up questions. Take care.
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Weird that the cortisone cream made it worse. We don't really see stress induced rashes. If the puppy is having any skin issues, then it is possibly something contagious. If she has a positive response to the benadryl, then I would use for a week. If she is not showing some improvement with 24 hours, then best to get her seen. A minor irritation one day can turn in to a hot spot pretty quickly and then you are looking at antibiotic therapy.