Talking with Your Doctor
Your dermatologist can be your best defense in keeping your rosacea at bay. Make sure your dermatologist has the best information possible on your physical condition. 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." 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 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.
- Talk about your triggers. If you experience significant flare-ups, try to identify and minimize lifestyle and environmental factors that may be related. Your doctor may be able to offer some suggestions on avoiding rosacea triggers.
- Confer about skin care. If your skin is irritated, your doctor may recommend different cleansing techniques or skin-care products.
- Put it in writing. Take notes as your doctor gives you instructions for your ongoing care.
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