From Thanksgiving through Super Bowl Sunday, rosacea patients are faced with family gatherings and parties that offer tempting food and drink -- some of which could trigger a flare-up. Here are some tips to minimize holiday distress:
Avoid known food triggers. Identify and avoid foods that affect your individual case. Spicy foods, tomatoes and chocolate are some triggers identified in patient surveys.
When in doubt, ask. If you're not sure whether a dip contains any of your known triggers, ask the hostess.
Watch the liquids. Heated drinks and alcoholic beverages -- especially red wine -- are known to cause flare-ups in some individuals. Minimize alcohol intake and add an ice cube to hot coffee or tea.
Stay cool. If a room becomes stifling, find a space that is more comfortable.
Don't forget the meds. Especially during this hectic time of year, remember to comply with your medical therapy and keep up your daily skin-care routine.
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