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Do antibiotics treat rosacea?

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Antibiotics are a common rosacea treatment, but not because bacteria cause rosacea. Instead, antibiotics may help by easing swelling and inflammation and relieving the pimple-like skin problems you may have.

From: Rosacea Treatment and You WebMD Medical Reference

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Blount, B. , Aug. 1, 2002.  American Family Physician

Cohen, A. , May-June, 2002.  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine

Gupta, A. , 2005.  Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

Powell, F. , Feb. 25, 2005.  New England Journal of Medicine

Rebora, A. , 2002.  American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

Galderma.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: 

Blount, B. , Aug. 1, 2002.  American Family Physician

Cohen, A. , May-June, 2002.  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine

Gupta, A. , 2005.  Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

Powell, F. , Feb. 25, 2005.  New England Journal of Medicine

Rebora, A. , 2002.  American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

Galderma.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

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