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Diagnosing Rosacea

Your doctor will conduct a thorough exam of signs and symptoms and will ask questions about your medical history. Tell your doctor about any problems you are having with your face (redness, bumps or pimples, burning, itching, etc.). There is no specific test to diagnose rosacea.

Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea treatment may vary depending on a person's signs and symptoms. Treatments used for rosacea include:

  • Medications. Sometimes, doctors prescribe oral and topical medications to treat the disorder's associated bumps, pimples, and redness. Medications can bring the condition under control and keep it in remission (the disappearance of signs and symptoms).
  • Surgical procedures. Doctors can remove visible blood vessels, limit the amount of extensive redness on the face, or correct nose disfigurement in some cases.

 

Rosacea Prevention

While there is no way to prevent the condition, rosacea sufferers can improve their chances of maintaining remission by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger rosacea flare-ups. Some triggers include:

  • Sun/wind exposure
  • Emotional stress
  • Hot/cold weather
  • Heavy exercise
  • Alcohol consumption, especially red wine
  • Hot beverages and foods
  • Spicy foods

 

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on September 02, 2014
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