If the dermatologist suspects that a person has rosacea, the patient will not require medical tests. There is no medical test to determine whether a person is afflicted with rosacea. The dermatologist will diagnose rosacea by examining the patient’s skin and their eyes as well as asking questions.
Prior to giving the patient diagnosis, the dermatologist may want to ensure that there is no other medical condition involved. At times, another condition may appear quite similar to rosacea. The dermatologist will want to eliminate other possibilities. Medical tests can rule out other conditions, such as an allergic skin response or lupus.
If a person has rosacea, the dermatologist will speak to them about the treatment options. Treatment cannot eliminate rosacea permanently, but it can help in the following:
- Reducing the signs of rosacea on the skin
- Easing the discomfort
- Preventing rosacea from becoming worse
Palm Harbor Dermatology, led by experienced dermatologists, provides safe and proven skin care procedures to patients in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and surrounding locations.
How do Dermatologists address Rosacea?
The treatment typically starts with some education in order to provide the patient with the best outcomes. Laser treatment or medicine can help mitigate or clear signs of rosacea, but routine habits may cause a new outbreak.
It can be helpful for patients to learn how to do the following to reduce flare-ups:
Identify the triggers
Various things can lead to a rosacea flare-up. Dermatologists refer to these tripwires as “triggers.”
Some common triggers for this condition include having cold wind blowing on the face, becoming overheated, and consuming spicy foods. These may or may not lead to a rosacea flare-up. Individuals have different triggers.
It is vital to identify what causes rosacea to flare to avoid those triggers.
Sun protection is vital as people with rosacea typically find that their skin is quite sensitive to the sun. The patient will want to undertake the following to protect their skin from the sun:
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher on a daily basis before stepping outdoors
- Avoid being outside in the midday sun
- Seek shade when outdoors
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat when in the sun to protect the neck and face
- Wear protective eyewear and clothing
If sunscreen irritates the skin, using one containing only zinc oxide and titanium oxide may be helpful.
The patient should have a rosacea-friendly skincare routine. Many skincare products can irritate skin with rosacea. Certain skincare habits, such as scrubbing the skin clean, can lead to a rosacea flare-up. It can be helpful to use mild skincare products and handle the skin gently to prevent flare-ups.
In case the patient has trouble finding mild skincare products, they should ask their dermatologist for recommendations. The rest of the treatment plan will be customized, depending on the unique needs of the patient.
Results for People who have Rosacea
Rosacea has no cure, but it can successfully be controlled. Adopting some lifestyle changes and treating rosacea can prevent flare-ups. In addition, it can prevent rosacea from becoming worse. Many individuals find that by doing these things, living with rosacea becomes significantly easier. In addition, they also report that they feel and appear better.
Palm Harbor Dermatology receives patients from Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and innovative skin care treatments.
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