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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why are antibiotics prescribed for rosacea? is it a bacterial infection?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 48 years experience
No: The antibiotics decrease bacteria which be a factor but are used more as antiinflammator drugs to decrease inflammation. The drugs decrease activity of white blood cells which are overactive in rosacea.
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Can be: Although rosacea is not an infection per se, one of the complications of having it is a form of acne. That form of acne usually responds well to metronidazole. This won't cure rosacea, but it can help decrease the inflammation and superficial skin infections. I don't like oral antibiotics for rosacea and try to limit their use to topical products.
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Can bacterial infections be treated with antibiotics?

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Many bacterial: infections can be treated with antibiotics. However, some infective agents may be drug resistant.
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