Rosacea can be a painful skin condition that also can cause sufferers to become self-conscious about their appearance.
While rosacea is a chronic condition without a cure, there are medical treatments that can reduce symptoms and preventative steps you can take to keep flare-ups to a minimum.
To learn more about treatment, or to schedule a consultation, contact Florida’s Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Windermere today. Led by Dr. Jeannette Hudgens, our medical team can help keep your rosacea under control and improve your quality of life.
Rosacea symptoms can be reduced by topical and oral antibiotics and other products that we can prescribe.
Typically, patients respond to oral antibiotic treatment in three to six weeks. Many patients use topical treatments daily and turn to oral medication for flare-ups. Reducing your exposure to the sun and using sunscreen are key methods to help prevent flare-ups.
While rosacea can be physically painful, sufferers often must deal with emotional and psychological pain as well. Many sufferers report that rosacea affects their work and social lives negatively. Research has shown that it can lead to:
- Feeling embarrassed about your appearance: Surveys indicate more than 40 percent of sufferers report their rosacea has prevented them from going out in public or attending social events.
- Self-esteem issues: Studies indicate nearly 70 percent of people with rosacea report that it has decreased their self-esteem and confidence.
- Work Issues: Research found that 70 percent of rosacea patients report their condition impacts their interactions with others at their workplaces. About 30 percent of sufferers report it has caused them to stay home from work.
- Depression: Rosacea can cause anxiety and depression in some people.
The good news is that research also shows that people who seek and receive treatment for their rosacea see an improvement in the quality of their lives.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we treat each patient as the individual they are. Our medical team takes the time to learn how rosacea has impacted your life, and together, we can form a treatment plan to keep rosacea symptoms at bay.
Treatment from a dermatologist helps people with this condition lead better and more comfortable lives. But sufferers also need to be aware of certain triggers that can cause rosacea flare-ups. At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we will help you develop rosacea prevention plans that you can use every day.
For example, weather often is a factor in causing rosacea flare-ups. For Orlando-area residents, this often means warm weather. Too much time in the sun, high temperatures and humidity often can make rosacea worse.
Some prevention tips include:
- Keep Cool: If you feel overheated, use a cool compress on your face to combat redness and burning.
- Stay Inside: In extreme heat, it’s best to remain in an air-conditioned environment.
- Sunscreen: Exposure to the sun is the most common cause of flare-ups. Use sunscreen and seek shaded areas when you are outside.
Certain foods and alcohol use also can spark flare-ups.
Don’t let rosacea prevent you from living an active and rewarding life. If you want to combat your symptoms, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today to schedule your consultation.