A recent National Rosacea Society survey on doctor-patient communication revealed that while many patients are getting the information they need, there’s still room for improvement — from both physicians and patients.
In the survey of 413 rosacea patients, 73 percent of respondents said their doctor had provided at least some information about the disorder, and about two thirds were advised of the importance of daily use of medication, gentle skin care and trigger avoidance. Unfortunately, this means a large number of patients were left in the dark about their condition and how to manage it effectively.
However, communication goes both ways, and 72 percent of patients said that they never discussed the unseen symptoms of rosacea — such as burning, stinging and itching — with their doctor.
These results emphasize how important it is to ask questions and establish a dialogue with healthcare providers when receiving treatment. Before visiting the doctor, it’s a good idea to prepare by writing down questions, and keeping a diary of symptoms you’ve experienced. Be sure to mention symptoms like burning and stinging, eye irritation and other symptoms not visible or present during your visit. Doctors can’t treat what they don’t know about. If you feel you’re not getting answers from your doctor, speak up!