As of March 20, 2020 we are no longer seeing patients in our office due to COVID-19. We are happy to continue caring for you during these uncertain times. We are now offering remote appointments for new and established patients although we will no longer be able to see you in person. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.
Rosacea is a skin disease that normally begins with redness on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. People with rosacea may experience: flushing, itching and burning of the skin.
Oftentimes the redness and symptoms can flare up with certain triggers. Drinking red wine, exercise, extreme heat or cold temperatures or spicy foods may aggravate rosacea.
Some people with rosacea will also have pimple-like bumps on the skin and other may also have thickening of the skin on the nose. Some patients have broken blood vessels that are apparent on the nose, cheeks and chin.
Rosacea not only affects the skin. A type of rosacea known as ocular rosacea, affects the eyes and creates dry and itchy eyes. Rosacea can affect men or women and people of all skin colors but it more common to individuals with fair skin.
Rosacea begins in adulthood. Its cause is unknown but there are theories that are currently being investigated. Rosacea is not contagious.
There are medicines and therapies which can help control rosacea and improve its symptoms. Your dermatologist may recommend pills, creams, washes or laser treatments to help your rosacea.
Rosacea can be treated effectively with PDL.
The Pulsed Dye Laser or PDL uses a concentrated beam of light that aims at blood vessels in the skin. The light is changed over into heat, obliterating the blood vessel while leaving the encompassing skin undamaged; requires minimal downtime.
Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.