To aid in proper diagnosis and the selection of appropriate therapy, let your doctor know of any facial signs and symptoms that may not be visually evident or present at the time of your office visit.
New standard care options stress communication.1
If you experience significant flushing, try to identify when and how this occurs. Also be sure to tell your doctor if you have had long-term extensive sun exposure in your job or lifestyle, as this may lead to redness and visible blood vessels from photodamage rather than rosacea.
In some patients, rosacea also affects the eyes, and it may be especially important to note any eye discomfort you experience, such as irritation, burning or stinging, or if your eyes tend to be watery or bloodshot. Although eye symptoms are often mild, in more severe cases they may require treatment by an eye specialist.
Also let your doctor know about any facial burning, stinging, itching, tightening or swelling, as these factors may then be addressed in tailoring treatment to your individual case. In addition, because of its effect on personal appearance, remember to be frank about the impact rosacea has on your professional or social life, as well as your emotional well-being, in order to help determine the appropriate level of care.
Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, several possibilities are currently being studied, including flushing, inflammatory pathways and Demodex mites. At the same time, a growing range of medical therapies are now available so your doctor can tailor treatment to address the signs and symptoms in your individual case.
1. Odom R, Dahl M, Dover J, Draelos Z, Drake L, Macsai M, Powell F, Thiboutot D, Webster GF, Wilkin J. Standard management options for rosacea, part 1: Overview and broad spectrum of care. Cutis 2009;84:43-47.