My skin is pink and patchy. I am told it could be Rosacea and asked to consult a dermatologist? Is it a skin disease? Is it contagious?

Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by facial redness. Unless it affects the eyes, it is typically a harmless cosmetic condition. Treatment usually involves application of topical medications to reduce inflammation.

It typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, or forehead, but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, ears, and scalp.

Rosacea is considered a chronic or long-term, non-curable skin condition with periodic flaring. It is not considered contagious or infectious.

Smoking, spicy foods, hot drinks, and alcohol may cause flushing and should be avoided. Exposure to sunlight and to extreme hot and cold temperatures should be limited as much as possible.

Red wine and chocolate are two well known Rosacea triggers. Individual reaction patterns vary greatly in Rosacea. Therefore, a food diary may help to elucidate your special triggers.

Possible rosacea dietary triggers include

Dairy products including yogurt, sour cream, cheese ;alcohol , red wine, beer, vodka, gin, bourbon, and champagne; chocolate; soya sauce, yeast, brinjal, spinach, beans and peas, citrus fruits, tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins, or figs , spicy and temperature hot foods.

Potent cortisone or steroid medications on the face should be avoided because they can promote widening of the tiny blood vessels of the face . Some patients experience severe rosacea flares after prolonged use of topical steroids.

Vasodilator pills like nitrates, calcium channel blockers, and thiazide diuretics used to treat blood pressure can also flare Rosacea.


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