Your dermatologist can be your best defense in keeping your rosacea at bay. Here are some tips to maximize your office visits:
- Be prepared. If you have questions or concerns, write them down ahead of time so you don't forget to discuss any of them.
- "Out of sight" should not mean "out of mind." Alert your doctor about any signs or symptoms that cannot be seen, such as eye discomfort or skin that stings or burns.
- Monitor your condition between visits. Tell your doctor whether you have had any signs or symptoms, such as flushing, that may not be present at the time of your visit.
- Don't be shy. Be sure to tell your physician about any additional physical signs and symptoms. Other disorders may be present at the same time that may need to be treated too.
- Describe your lifestyle. Let your dermatologist know about details of your everyday life such as extensive exposure to sunlight that may resemble or mask rosacea
- Don't hide the personal effects. Be frank about rosacea's impact on your professional, social and emotional life, as this may help determine the appropriate level of care.
- Put it in writing. Take notes as your doctor gives you instructions for your ongoing care.