Identifying and avoiding things that trigger symptoms in your individual case can help you to control your condition. Here are three easy ways to start tracking:
• Ask for the Rosacea Diary. This NRS booklet helps patients track weather conditions, food and beverages consumed, lifestyle activities and compliance with medical therapy, as well as the state of their condition each day to learn their personal triggers. Members receive a copy of the 16-page diary as well as other educational materials as part of their tax-deductible donation. Write the NRS to receive your copy.
• Use your smartphone. If you don’t have your Rosacea Diary nearby, put your cell phone to work. Take a selfie and make a note in your phone of your symptoms. (Many models include a built-in note taker tool or you can likely download an app.) Include the date, time of day and any other variables such as weather conditions and stress to help you identify any patterns that you can watch out for in the future.
• Tell a friend. Tracking and avoiding your triggers requires effort but will be beneficial in the long run. Tell a friend, spouse or others close to you about your goal to better manage your rosacea. Ask them to help support you by checking in on your progress, reminding you to track your condition or even just by serving as a listening ear.