Dinner at a nice restaurant can be a great way to relax and unwind — unless you are a rosacea patient whose condition is affected by any number of food and beverage triggers. To reduce the chances of a flare-up and increase your enjoyment when dining out, follow these tips:
- Ask your server for help. Inquire how new or unfamiliar dishes are prepared. If your choice contains hot spices such as white, black or red pepper, paprika, cayenne or wasabi, ask if it can be made without those ingredients.
- Minimize or eliminate alcohol. Patient surveys have shown that alcohol - red wine in particular - is one of the most common rosacea triggers.
- Let heated beverages and soups cool down. Better yet, choose cold ones.
- Take your meds. Be sure to comply with the rosacea therapy prescribed by your doctor.
- Avoid your food triggers. Some individuals have reported that specific foods irritate their rosacea. These have included various fruits, marinated meats, certain vegetables and dairy products.