Redness

Rosacea is a common, but poorly understood, a long-term skin condition that mainly affects the face. It can be controlled to some degree with long-term treatment, but sometimes the changes in physical appearance can have a significant psychological impact.

Symptoms often begin with episodes of flushing, where the skin turns red for a short period, but other symptoms can develop as the condition progresses, such as:
Burning and stinging sensations
Permanent redness
Spots (papules and pustules)
Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
Rosacea is a relapsing condition, which means there are periods of time when symptoms are particularly bad but less severe at others.

Dr Tara Tricot, our Dermatology specialised GP will see you if you have persistent symptoms that could be caused by rosacea. Early diagnosis and treatment can help stop the condition from getting worse. There’s no specific test for rosacea, but Dr Tara will often be able to diagnose the condition by:
Examining your skin
Asking about your symptoms
Asking about possible triggers you may have

In some circumstances, Dr Tara may arrange further tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as lupus or menopause. For example, these could range from a blood test or skin biopsy, where a small scraping of skin is removed and examined.

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, although a number of possible factors have been suggested, including abnormalities in the blood
vessels of the face and a reaction to microscopic mites commonly found on the face. Although they’re not thought to be direct causes of the condition, several triggers have been identified that may make rosacea worse.

TREATMENTS

Dr Tara Tricot MBBS nMRCGP DFSRH DRCOG DipDERM’I qualified as a GP in 2010 after completing her medical studies at UCL, and training in hospitals and practices across London. She grew up in Hampstead, and brought her clinical experience back to PHGH, where she has been a registered patient herself since birth.
Alongside general practice medicine Dr.Tara has a special interest in dermatology, in which she has further qualifications and work one day a week in the Royal Free Community Dermatology Service.

PRP

PLATELET RICH PLASMA treatment will be recommended as maintenance.

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