Severe rosacea flare-up: what to do?
February 5, 2007 9:44 PM Subscribe
My rosacea has flared up really badly since December. I've gone from a rosy glow to angry red blotches and honest-to-God pustules for the first time. Yes, I'm going back to my dermatologist, but I need some hope that there is some damn thing out there that will help me. [more inside]
posted by rosemere to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 46 and have had mild to moderate rosacea for over 10 years. Topical Metrocreme and Rosacure have helped keep it in check, and I got laser therapy three years ago with good results for some stubborn broken capillaries. (I'm the before and after at the bottom of this page
I'm trying to avoid the Toronto cold as much as possible, I'm keeping my showers as tepid as possible, and I'm watching out for food triggers. The antibiotic I got from my dermatologist when this flare-up first started is doing NOTHING. I'm applying my topical medications daily.
I don't know if the extra dry air is aggravating it (I have a bedside humidifier set up until we get the real one installed on the furnace), or if I'm getting close enough to menopause that this could be an issue.
I was planning another round of laser with my doctor this spring, but it's the flare-up and pustules right now that have me worried. Have you or anyone else you've known improved after a bad spell like this one? What kind of treatments have made a real difference?