Return of Rosacea after many years.

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Hello  I suffered fror Rosacea from my early 20's but it was manageable.  I did have anitibiotics and creams which made it worse.  It really flared up during the menopause (together with severe migraines) and where I really only had redness and flushing before I then got the awful spots.  Once I was through the menopause everything calmed down obviously hormone related.  I was never really able to identify any food triggers.  I am now nearly 70 and have had a stressful few years.  I now seem to be getting it back on one side of the face around the nose and inner cheek.  It started with problems with new glasses leaving a mark and causing a spot.  I just wondered what the latest advice is for this condition.  Due to various digestive problems I would be loathe to take anitbiotics for this reason.  The only foods I can think of that I really did not used to eat are raspberries strawberries and pineapple.  I know tomatoes citrus and chocolate are triggers also alcohol heat etc.  Any advice would be appreciated. I will mention to my gp who I see on a regular basis for other health problems.

Both my daughters have it but not too bad.  If I remember the dermatologist I saw many years ago said I had seborrheic dermatitis as well.  One other thing has come to mind about a month ago at the hairdressers they sprayed hairspray on which I usually say no to.    Any advice appreciated.  It just occured to me I have started drinking apple juice with lavender in it. one small glass a day.

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    Reading through some of the posts I have noticed people speak about dry flaky skin as well as the flusing redness and papules.  Just a thought but many years ago I had the opportunity to attend an open day where I was able to speak to a very well known consultant dermatologist who told me that in addtion to the rosacea I had seborrheic dermatitis as I had a lot of flaky raised areas around nose ,cheek under eyes and eybrows.  I was told to use a shampoo for this (if any one wants the name I can private message as I'm not sure I can post the name also there are two with the same name).  Of course you need to get this diagnosed properly but just thought it might help someone.

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    Hi Libralady13 - Your post struck a chord with me because I am 60 now but a couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Ocular & regular Rosasea.  Aside from full blown menopause, I was also given a Calcium Channel Blocker for high blood pressure.  When I was diagnosed with Rosasea & prescribed the RX, it was the most stressful time in my life as I was caring for elderly parents.  It appears now when I have a flare-up, I get completely vascular in my head and almost feel dizzy/spacey/then migraine headache comes along.  I know menopause & Calcium Channel Blockers (which I am now off) are both triggers, but does anybody else feel like this when they get a flare-up? I think anxiety is also my biggest trigger - 

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      Hi debra16694   Thankfully what I thought was a return of the rosacea was short lived it seemed to be related to wearing new sunglasses.  However I have read that problems with glasses are common in rosacea sufferers obviously because the skin is more sensitive.

      You mention several things which are familiar to me, firstly anxiety which I have for a few years but the last year after moving house and lots of health issues with me and my husband it got worse now having some counselling.  Stress and anxiety is a big trigger for lots of things.  Calcium channel blockers was on these for years  but taken off then eventually by new doctor because of the ankle swelling.  I did think though that they made my rhinitis worse.  My rosacea was really bad during the menopause years although I had suffered from my 20's.   I have blepharitis and dry eyes once again similar to ocular rosacea.  I also have glaucoma.  I can't treat my rhinitis because it sends the pressures up in my eyes. I think that so many things are connected and as I said before in other posts doctors should be more aware of this when testing and diagnosing problems.    I wish you well and hope that your skin and eyes settle down.  ps going back to what I was saying I have found that many people seem to suffer from the same health problems Thyroid disease and ibs to name two.

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    Hi I am interested in your post as I too have suffered a recurrence during menopause (I am 51) so am glad to hear it settled down! I found that evening primrose and flaxseed oil about 2g of each per day helped although it was not a miracle cure. I also had some lessening of symptoms after cutting out dairy. I tried oral antibiotics and although these worked I would not recommend it as I suffered from bowel (IBS) problems whilst I was on it. I also think it is very bad for the body to be on antibiotics long term but I was desperate as topical (metronidazole) etc did not work. I have been reading about a newer treatment called ivermectin which is a topical treatment(prescription only in UK). It has good reports. I would also advise you to go and see your doctor and make sure that it is Rosacea and not another skin problem. Good luck
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