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How Do I Choose the Best Rosacea Specialist?

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  • Written By: Lainie Petersen
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 10 November 2016
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It is generally a good idea to begin your search for a rosacea specialist by seeking out a dermatologist, as dermatologists specialize in skin disorders. In some cases, however, you may also wish to consult with an ophthalmologist if you are experiencing the symptoms of ocular rosacea. To find an appropriate rosacea specialist, you should consult with your personal physician and find out if he or she can recommend someone to you. Some organizations that educate health care consumers and physicians about rosacea may also be able to offer you a referral. In all cases, you should investigate the credentials and background of any rosacea specialist whom you consider contacting and make sure that the specialist can offer you affordable care or accepts your insurance.

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease that can sometimes also affect the eyes. With rosacea, the skin flushes or reddens easily. Individuals with rosacea may also develop acne-like bumps on their skin and may even develop broken capillaries or disfigurement of the nose. In more severe cases, when the condition is chronic, it typically requires professional treatment in order to prevent the condition worsening. Individuals with ocular rosacea will often suffer eye redness as well as redness and swelling on the eyelids.

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As with hiring any professional, it is a good idea to check out the credentials and background of any rosacea specialist that you see. Contact the physician licensing board in your jurisdiction to find out whether a rosacea specialist license is in good standing. You may also wish do some research on online consumer reporting sites to find out what kind of reputation the specialist has amongst his current and former clients. If finances are a concern, ask about costs as well as whether the doctor accepts your insurance plan.

While your primary care physician may be able to prescribe medications that can help you to control facial rosacea, he or she may may refer you to a dermatologist for more advanced care. Before making an appointment, you may wish to find out whether the dermatologist considers himself or herself to be a rosacea specialist. You may wish to contact rosacea organizations and support groups to find out if they can recommend a rosacea specialist in your area. If you are suffering from ocular rosacea, it may be important to find an ophthalmologist who is experienced in dealing with this condition and who is willing to work with your primary care physician or dermatologist to develop an effective course of treatment.

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