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Alternate Names : Acne Rosacea

Rosacea | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment of rosacea may include:

  • laser removal of the enlarged blood vessels
  • metronidazole, corticosteroids, or sulfur-based cream applied directly to the affected skin
  • oral antibiotics, especially tetracycline or minocycline
  • oral isotretinoin
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Side effects depend on the type of treatment chosen. Side effects are minimal with topical medicines or low doses of tetracycline, but may include allergic reactions and stomach upset.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    All visible signs of the skin condition may clear up with treatment. However, the general redness of the skin and easy flushing may not go away. Use of sunscreen outdoors can reduce the risk of further irritation of the skin.

    How is the condition monitored?

    The appearance of the skin can be monitored. Eye involvement may require frequent examination by an eye specialist if vision is affected. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Sandy Keefe, RN, MSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/28/01

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