WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that causes inflammation of your face.
Prevent rosacea flares:
- Avoid hot drinks or drinks that contain alcohol.
- Avoid being in the sun for long periods of time. Use sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher every time you go outside. Wear a wide-brimmed hat while you are outdoors.
- Avoid skin care products that have alcohol, menthol, or salt in them. Use fragrance-free products to wash your face. Be gentle when you wash your face to avoid irritation. Ask which products are best to treat dry skin.
- Clean your eyelids as directed. You may need to put a warm compress on your eyes 2 times each day.
- Antibiotic medicines: This medicine is given to treat or prevent infection. Antibiotics may also help decrease swelling, redness, and acne-like bumps. This medicine may be given as a pill or a cream to apply on your face.
- Artificial tears: These help keep your eyes moist if you have dryness from ocular rosacea.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or dermatologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or dermatologist if:
- You have new or worse eye redness or itching.
- You feel depressed about the look of your skin.
- You have questions about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have new or increased blurry vision, or you have vision loss.
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