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Rosacea Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • How well is your rosacea medicine controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • Have you been able to identify any rosacea triggers that affect you?
  • What products do you use on your skin and hair, including shampoos, hair products, soaps, lotions and cosmetics?
  • Are you using a daily sunscreen on your face? Which one?
  • How is rosacea affecting your confidence and social interactions?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having facial redness, bumps or pimples?
  • Have you noticed these symptoms on other areas, such as the neck or chest?
  • What seems to make your skin better or worse?
  • Have you tried any over-the-counter treatments? If yes, have they been effective?
  • What other medicines do you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements?
  • Do you have a family history of skin problems, including rosacea?
  • Are you experiencing any side effects from your rosacea medicine?
  • What have you done so far to treat your rosacea? How well do you think it's working?
  • What have you done so far to treat your rosacea? How well do you think it's working?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have rosacea?
  • How do you diagnose rosacea?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my skin problems?
  • Is rosacea the same thing as acne?
  • Do I have risk factors for rosacea?
  • What treatments are available for rosacea?
  • What is the best rosacea treatment for me?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment you are recommending?
  • How long is it safe to use this treatment?
  • When can I expect to see improvements in my skin?
  • How should I care for my skin? Are there products I should use or avoid?
  • What is the next step if this treatment doesn't work?
  • Are there other medications that would do a better job of controlling my rosacea?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean that my rosacea is getting worse?
  • What else do you recommend I do to manage my rosacea?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
  1. All About Rosacea. National Rosacea Society.
  2. Rosacea. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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