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Frequently Asked Questions about Rosacea

Is Rosacea a type of food allergy?

Rosacea is a separate and independent condition that causes redness and flushing. People with rosacea can certainly have food allergies however. Food, however, is a popular trigger for rosacea flares, triggering flushing or inflammation in many people with rosacea. The following foods are likely to trigger flares:

  • White and black pepper
  • Paprika
  • Red Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Hot (temperature) foods or drinks like coffee or tea

There are also anecdotal reports of flushing triggered by the following:

  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy products
  • Eggplant
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Yeast extract
  • Vinegar

Does alcohol abuse cause rosacea?

Alcohol abuse was long associated with this skin condition. Although alcohol consumption does not cause rosacea, it can trigger inflammation. It is thought that red wine in particular triggers further flushing.

Is Rosacea curable?

Rosacea is a chronic condition, and unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease at this time. With proper treatment and lifestyle adjustments, the condition can be managed relatively easily for the vast majority of patients, with little loss in quality of life. It's important not to ignore the symptoms, however, as this condition can be progressive if it isn't treated.

Is it true that exercise is bad for those with rosacea?

It's true that vigorous exercise can trigger flushing. Exercise, however is extremely important for both the skin, and overall health. Exercise has the effect of reducing depression as well. The key to living with rosacea is balance. Exercising in a cool environment can help reduce flushing, as well as reducing the duration of continuous exercise in one session.

I am scared after seeing some images on the internet. How can I stop my Rosacea from becoming worse?

Generally the most severe (and rare) cases are found on the internet, as they help medical students identify the key feature of the disease. Most cases of rosacea are much milder than the ones seen on the internet. Rosacea, even if severe, can effectively be managed by a variety of treatments. It is important to visit a dermatologist as soon as possible so that they can set up a management plan to prevent this condition from worsening.

Are the enlarged noses a symptom of rosacea?

Elderly men with red, thick, bulbous noses are often depicted in children's picture books. This is a condition called rhinophyma, and can develop in some severe cases of rosacea. It is, however, extremely rare, and can be treated.

My eyelids are sore. Is this related to my rosacea?

Quite possibly. Inflammation of the eyelids are a common symptoms of rosacea. Sometimes, a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, a severe form of dandruff can cause a similar problem. It's best to have your dermatologist look at it, and treat it accordingly.