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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I have red blotchy skin on my neck and chest. It doesn't itch or overly dry. It worsens with stress but never goes away. I've thought possibly rosacea?

I have red blotchy skin on my neck and chest. It doesn't itch or overly dry. It worsens with stress but never goes away. I've thought possibly rosacea?

Rosacea unlikely: if it is only on your neck and chest, it is unlikely to be rosacea. The fact that it does not itch tends to rule out allergic causes and fungal infection. Unfortunately, one really needs to examine and feel the rash in order to help make a diagnosis. Best to see your doctor for further evaluation. Sorry I cannot be more helpful. ...Read more

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Recent studies have been reporting a potential association between rosacea and autoimmune diseases like MS, Parkinson's. How do I not stress about it?

Recent studies have been reporting a potential association between rosacea and autoimmune diseases like MS, Parkinson's. How do I not stress about it?

Health care: You heard correctly BUT the studies are small, based on some unsubstianted self-reports of the other diseases and says NOTHING about causality. There was suggestion that worse rosacea had a higher link and that good Tx can avoid worse rosacea - so, find and follow good Tx as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle and that includes mgmt of stress! Seek a therapist you trust to learn those skills!. ...Read more

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My rosacea keeps getting worse, what should I do?

My rosacea keeps getting worse, what should I do?

Treat rosacea: You can control it and improve it but rosacea is not cured. Best options metrogel, Oracea and intense pulsed light. See http://www.Maasclinic.Com for an explanation if ipl. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rosacea fairly bad and it has gotten drastically worse?

Rosacea: Can be effectively treated with oral and/or topical medications. You should see a dermatologist to have this evaluated and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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If i don't notice that my rosacea gets worse with certain irritants, could i be misdiagnosed?

Possible: Rosacea can look like several other diagnoses. Most people with rosacea get worse with the sun and alcohol. Most other triggers vary from person to person. ...Read more

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Can sweat irritate my rosacea or make it worse? My rosacea seems to flare up and get worse ever time i work out. Could sweat be causing this? .

Can sweat irritate my rosacea or make it worse? My rosacea seems to flare up and get worse ever time i work out.  Could sweat be causing this?

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Yes: It can. There are several topical and some oral products that are designed to help with the redness and inflammation of rosacea. Some otc products are available, but prescription strength products and antibiotics are sometimes helpful. Dermatologist can help. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Fox
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Rosacea (Definition)

Redness over skin ..Multifactorial thinning of skin where you can see blood vessels ...Read more