Rosacea diagnosis, treatment and medications
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Rosacea Treatment FAQ
Can a Dermatologist treat Rosacea at DermCafé?
Definitely! Rosacea cannot be diagnosed with medical tests. A diagnosis simply requires a Dermatologist’s visual examination of your skin and your eyes and answers to specific questions about your skin’s behaviour
What are the symptoms?
Rosacea causes more than a red face. Because rosacea has so many signs and symptoms, scientists created 4 subtypes of rosacea. Some people have more than one rosacea subtype at the same time. Each subtype requires different treatment.
Subtype 1: Facial redness, flushing, visible blood vessels:
Subtype 2: Acne-like breakouts
Subtype 3: Thickening skin: bumpy texture, large pores, oily skin
Subtype 4: In the eyes: watery or bloodshot appearance, gritty/burning/stinging sensations, dryness, itching, sensitivity to light
Why treat rosacea?
Rosacea can affect more than the skin and eyes. Because rosacea is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease, it can reduce a person’s quality of life. Many people report problems at work, in their marriage, and with meeting new people. Surveys and studies report that living with rosacea can cause:
Feelings of frustration and embarrassment
Anxiety and depression
Who gets rosacea?
Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions in Canada
Most people who get rosacea are:
Between 30 and 50 years of age
Fair-skinned, and often have blonde hair and blue eyes
From Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry
Likely to have someone in their family tree with rosacea or severe acne
Likely to have had lots of acne — or acne cysts and/or nodules
Women are a bit more likely than men to get rosacea. Women, however, are not as likely as men to get severe rosacea. Some people are more likely to get rosacea, but anyone can get this skin disease. People of all colors get rosacea. Children get rosacea.
How is it treated?
To give you the best results, treatment often begins with a bit of education. While medicine or laser treatment can help reduce or clear signs of rosacea, your everyday habits may cause a new flare-up. Beyond prevent, there are numerous topical (e.g. metronidazole) and oral medications (e.g. doxycycline) that can greatly reduce and manage your symptoms
What is DermCafé?
Connect with a DermCafé Dermatologist today!
We’re a Digital Dermatology Centre that aims to provide all Canadians with equitable, accessible, convenient and modern dermatology care.
Simply submit your symptom info and skin photos online and connect with an online dermatologist at your convenience.
Visit our How This Work page to learn more.
Submit your Symptom Info and Photos online
Book your Online Appointment
Access Your Online Results Anytime
Choose your preferred Pharmacy for medication delivery
Download DermCafé Info Sheets, bloodwork forms and Sick Notes, and book follow-up appointments when needed
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