Tips for Talking with Your Doctor
Your dermatologist can be your strongest ally in the battle to keep your rosacea under control. Here are some tips to maximize your benefit from each office visit:
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." Be sure to 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 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.
Talk about your triggers. If you experience significant flushing, try to identify and avoid the causes. Your doctor may be able to offer some suggestions on how to avoid these flare-ups.
Confer about skin care. If your skin is irritated, your doctor may recommend different cleansing techniques or products.
Put it in writing. Take notes as your doctor gives you instructions for your ongoing care.
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