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Old 11-16-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I've gone through numerous threads on CD but haven't seen too much about rosacea. After suspecting I had it for the past couple of years I was finally diagnosed as having it. Well, my family doc originally gave me doxycycline. I've been on it for 3 months with no change. I recently went to a dermatologist and he gave me prescriptions for Metronidazole Topical Cream, clindamycin phosphate topical gel and clobetasol propionate topical solution. The last is for my scalp. He didn't really tell me what to do with these formulas. I see that on the internet that there may be a connection between rosacea and demodex.

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone have this?
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I've gone through numerous threads on CD but haven't seen too much about rosacea. After suspecting I had it for the past couple of years I was finally diagnosed as having it. Well, my family doc originally gave me doxycycline. I've been on it for 3 months with no change. I recently went to a dermatologist and he gave me prescriptions for Metronidazole Topical Cream, clindamycin phosphate topical gel and clobetasol propionate topical solution. The last is for my scalp. He didn't really tell me what to do with these formulas. I see that on the internet that there may be a connection between rosacea and demodex.

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Anyone have this?
I have rosacea too!

I can understand the doc giving you the doxycycline, as Tetracycline is a very popular antibiotic for treating dermatology issues.

I can't say I'd agree you should stay on it much longer though, especially since you aren't seeing any results from using it. Long term use of antibiotics has lots of potentially serious consequences. I'd only stay on an antibiotic longer than a month if my life truly depended on it. But that's just me

In addition, as far as I know Clindamycin is more for acne - do you have that too?

What I have truly found works best for my rosacea is this -

1. avoiding spicy foods
2. the way I clean/wash my face
(no hot water, alternate use of Dove Sensitive and Purpose)
3. Metrol lotion once a day -
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Yes, I have the sores that look like acne but don't go away. I checked Web MD last night and they showed lots of pics of rosacea patients and their improvement after being on antibiotics for 16 weeks. My doc wants me to stay on a low-dose for awhile. I'm surprised your doc didn't prescribe that for you but if you don't have the rosacea acne you wouldn't need it.

I don't have a spicy food trigger. In fact I have no trigger, just rosacea all the time for a couple of years at least. Probably more.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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My face gets super red now when I eat spicy food.

It is weird to me bc rosacea seems to be increasing in "popularity" I suspect that it has something to do with modern living.

I notice alcohol makes my face red too if I drink a lot.
Also stress and no sleep.
when I sleep and exercise and eat well, I am okay no problem.

I have not taken antibiotics, my scalp does itch too...

Vinegar helps honestly. I try to stay all natural.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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Yes, I have the sores that look like acne but don't go away. I checked Web MD last night and they showed lots of pics of rosacea patients and their improvement after being on antibiotics for 16 weeks. My doc wants me to stay on a low-dose for awhile. I'm surprised your doc didn't prescribe that for you but if you don't have the rosacea acne you wouldn't need it.

I don't have a spicy food trigger. In fact I have no trigger, just rosacea all the time for a couple of years at least. Probably more.

Thanks for the input!
ugh, a double whammy, rosacea and adult acne

I've had the rosacea for so long I may have just forgotten that in the beginning years ago my doc put me on an antibiotic, lol.

What are you using to wash your face with?
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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My face gets super red now when I eat spicy food.

It is weird to me bc rosacea seems to be increasing in "popularity" I suspect that it has something to do with modern living.

I notice alcohol makes my face red too if I drink a lot.
Also stress and no sleep.
when I sleep and exercise and eat well, I am okay no problem.

I have not taken antibiotics, my scalp does itch too...

Vinegar helps honestly. I try to stay all natural.


Yeah, should have mentioned that - wine can make mine redder too.

Of course, that doesn't mean I've given it up, lol.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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ugh, a double whammy, rosacea and adult acne

I've had the rosacea for so long I may have just forgotten that in the beginning years ago my doc put me on an antibiotic, lol.

What are you using to wash your face with?
Not adult acne. It's part of the rosacea. You don't have to have it, not everyone with rosacea gets it but it is often one of the symptoms.

Rosacea - PubMed Health

Acne-like skin eruptions (may ooze or crust)

I even have the rosacea of the eyes.

To that other poster, no it is not gaining in popularity. It is not just simply getting a red face from spicy food or working out. Far more to it than that. And I live and eat healthy. I'm not some kid out partying. I even try to eat as organically as possible.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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I was diagnosed maybe 15 yrs ago. I just have the red splotches. I use either Cetaphil or Olay soap with cool water.

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Old 11-16-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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I was diagnosed maybe 15 yrs ago. I just have the red splotches. I use either Cetaphil or Olay soap with cool water.

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Been using Oil of Olay night cream for years - love that stuff
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Red Sox Nation
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Ok, this is a little embarrassing, but I have found that using 40% zinc oxide diaper rash cream (yep, diaper rash cream ) helps so much with my acne rosacea (I only have it on my chin). I put it on at night before bed, and when I wake up the sores are so much smaller and less red. If is skip a night I sure notice.
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