Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Rosacea

by Anne Windermere Patient Advocate

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder which causes inflammation of the facial area including the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids. The patient who has rosacea may notice that they tend to blush easily and that the redness persists. Other signs of rosacea may include visible blood vessels on the face, acne-like bumps or pimples, and/or watery irritated eyes. Like most chronic skin disorders, there can be periods of remission and flare-ups. This skin condition also varies in the severity of symptoms that a patient will experience. While some people having rosacea may experience periodic bouts of facial flushing, others may develop rhinophyma, which is an enlargement of the nose, or vision problems associated with ocular rosacea.

One of the reasons why rosacea awareness campaigns exist is because so many people are not aware that they have this skin condition in the first place. In fact, the National Rosacea Society reports that 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of this condition, including how to recognize it and what to do about it. Although Rosacea has no cure, there is treatment. Getting treated for your rosacea from a dermatologist can help prevent your condition from worsening.

If you suspect that you may have rosacea or if you have already been diagnosed with this skin condition, you will undoubtedly have many questions. The best person to answer these questions is your doctor. To help you in your quest for information we have prepared a list of questions you may ask your doctor about rosacea. If you do suffer from rosacea it is probably wise to seek a referral to a dermatologist who specializes in treating chronic skin conditions.

Questions about your skin and rosacea

  • What signs or symptoms of rosacea do I have?

  • How can I tell the difference between acne and rosacea?

  • How severe is my rosacea?

  • Are there ways to prevent my rosacea from worsening?

  • How likely is it that I may develop severe symptoms such as skin thickening on the nose or eye problems?

Questions about rosacea triggers

  • What are the main triggers for rosacea symptoms?

  • Are any of my medications contributing to my rosacea symptoms?

  • Are there any foods or drinks I should avoid to prevent a flare-up?

  • Do you recommend any special skin products such as soaps or cleansers for my rosacea? Are there any skin products to avoid?

  • What about cosmetics? Are there ways to cover up my rosacea with make-up? Are there any ingredients in cosmetics known to trigger rosacea symptoms?

Questions about rosacea treatment

  • What will happen if I let my rosacea go untreated?

  • What are my treatment options?

  • What can I reasonably expect from treatment? Will my skin ever look normal again?

  • Are there any side effects to the treatment medications or medical procedures?

  • Can you suggest any home remedies or alternative therapies which may help with my rosacea?

  • If I have another chronic skin condition such as acne or eczema, will medications to treat those conditions interfere with the effectiveness of my rosacea medications?

Questions about follow-up care

  • How often will I need to be seen for my rosacea?

  • What is the next option if this first treatment does not work?

  • Are there any signs of my condition worsening and at what point do I schedule an appointment if I see these signs?

Remember that if you have rosacea, you are not alone. The National Rosacea Society reports that as many as 16 million Americans have rosacea. If you think that you may be one of them please do schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Anne Windermere
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These articles were written by a longtime HealthCentral community member who shared valuable insights from her experience living with multiple chronic health conditions. She used the pen name "Merely Me."