Stop Hiding from Rosacea

Rosacea may be transient, recurrent or persistent and is characterized by frequent flushing or blushing, persistent redness, prominent blood vessels (telangiectasia), dry and flaking skin, red bumps (papules and pustules), swelling, aggravation to sun exposure and other triggers (i.e. spicy foods, alcohol, emotional stress) and enlarged nose. Identify your triggers and limit them from your routine. Most common factors include exposure to heat, sunlight, extreme cold, exercise, stress, and alcohol consumption.

If you are diagnosed with stage I rosacea, treatment may include topical antibiotics and/or antiparasitics and cosmetic lasers. An oral low-dose antibiotic (Oracea) is often added to stage I and stage II rosacea.

Vascular laser treatments work very well in treating all stages of rosacea and are frequently the only acceptable cosmetic treatment. -Maegan Griffin, MSN, NP-C

Early diagnosis and treatment can control the signs and symptoms of rosacea and help prevent this skin condition from worsening. The most common treatment plan for our patients involves a combination of the above recommendations.

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