Rosacea generally can't be cured. It can be controlled. There are several ways to manage rosacea. Your doctor may recommend more than one, depending on your condition.
Prescription medications for rosacea include:
- Antibiotics applied to the skin
- Other topical treatments such as azelaic acid , sulfa, or tretinoin (Retin-A)
- Antibiotics taken by mouth
In more severe cases, medications may sometimes include:
- Oral isotretinoin (Accutane)
- In very rare more severe recalcitrant cases, oral methotrexate , dapsone , primaquine, chloroquine, or prednisone
*Topical cortisone is generally avoided on the face. It can make rosacea worse in the long run. It can be effective as very short-term treatment.
Treatment for redness or flushing may include:
- Clonidine in low doses
- Beta blockers (certain types)
The following procedures minimize redness, enlarged blood vessels, and an enlarged nose:
- Electrosurgery—uses a tiny electric needle
- Laser surgery—uses a laser
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