Talking to Your Doctor About Rosacea
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You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with rosacea. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know about your health.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- How severe is my rosacea?
- Do I need to be evaluated by a dermatologist?
- Where can I get more information about rosacea?
How can I prevent complications of rosacea such as:
- Eye problems
- Red lines or telangiectasia
- Nasal bumps, or rhinophyma
About Treatment Options
What treatment options are available for:
- Eye problems that result from rosacea
- Red lines or telangiectasia on my face
- Nasal bumps, or rhinophyma
- Do you have experience treating people with rosacea?
- What is likely to happen without treatment?
What medications are available to me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that will help me?
About Lifestyle Changes
What lifestyle changes can help me to manage rosacea? Do I need to make changes in my:
- Skin care routine
- How can I reduce my level of emotional stress?
- Can I expect my skin to look normal again?
- How can I keep the symptoms of rosacea from recurring?
National Rosacea Society website. Available at: http://www.rosacea.org/index.php .
Last reviewed February 2009 by ]]>Ross Zeltser, MD, FAAD ]]>
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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