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Rosacea begins with occasional facial redness and tends to get worse over time. If untreated, rosacea can progress to more permanent redness, with blood vessels, pimples, and sometimes, nasal swelling. Furthermore, about half of all patients with rosacea have complications involving their eyes. You should see your doctor if you have any of the symptoms of rosacea to get the proper diagnosis and care.

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and family and medical history. A physical exam will be done, including an exam of your skin. The diagnosis can be made based on the typical appearance of the rash. In some situations, you may be referred to a doctor specializing in skin problems (a dermatologist). A skin biopsy may be needed in atypical cases.

Do not try to diagnose or treat yourself because certain over-the-counter medications can make rosacea worse.

References:

American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/default.htm.

National Rosacea Society website. Available at: http://www.rosacea.org/index.php.

Last reviewed September 2012 by Purvee S. Shah, MD

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.