When to see a Doctor

It can be difficult to know when to see a doctor about rosacea.

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Here are 6 questions that will help determine when to seek medical help.

If the answer is YES to ONE of these questions, it’s time to see a doctor about rosacea.

  1. Do you have noticeable areas of redness on your face that do not go away?
  2. Do you feel embarrassed, socially anxious, frustrated, or low about deep flushing or redness on your face or neck?
  3. Does your skin burn, sting or swell during periods of flushing?
  4. Do you have pimples, red bumps and persistent red areas on your face?
  5. Are your eyes frequently bloodshot, watery and irritated?
  6. Is there an area of thickened, bumpy, red skin on the nose, chin, forehead or ears?

Studies have shown that treatment can:

# Get rosacea under control

# Minimize the visible effects of this condition

# Improve outlook and limit harmful impacts on social and work life.

*Your family doctor or a physician at a walk-in clinic can refer you to a dermatologist if necessary.

It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible for ocular rosacea as there is a rare possibility of vision loss.

Be aware: Rosacea can last for decades and does not go away on its own. If left untreated, the condition may slowly get worse over the years. There may even be permanent skin and eye damage in the long term.