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Rosacea

What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common chronic condition affecting the central face (forehead, cheeks, nose and chin) in middle aged women and men. It presents as red or yellow pus-filled spots, persistent redness, itchy, red eyes, and/or or a bumpy enlarged nose. They can blush easily and also tend to have sensitive skin.

What is the cause?
The exact cause is not known, but certain triggers such as extremes of temperature, exercise, hot drinks, spicy food, alcohol and stress.

What is the treatment?
You will have a consultation with a dermatologist in the first instance to assess your skin, make a diagnosis, and discuss treatment.

Treatment options offered in the clinic include:
i) topicals – in the form of creams or gels. The course can last from 8 to 12 weeks
ii) oral antibiotics – For the treatment of spots, the course of which can last from 3 to 6 months
iii) other medications – if antibiotics are not helpful, or to help with flushing
iii) laser – to treat the vessels which cause redness. Multiple sessions may be required
iv) laser – to reduce the enlarged nose. Multiple sessions may be required.