Rosacea—primary care treatment pathway

Primary Care Dermatology Society

Rosacea tends to occur in fair-skinned patients between 30 and 60 years old; it is a common skin rash with largely unknown causes that is often prolonged and can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing. It can be triggered by factors as simple as temperature changes, exercise, food, emotional stimuli, and alcohol. While many of the recognisable symptoms are dermatological, ocular complications—including gritty eyes and conjunctivitis—tend to occur in over 50% of patients. Rosacea can be complex and often has near-unavoidable triggers; knowing what to look out for and how to respond are vital for proper treatment of rosacea.

This Guidelines summary covers differential diagnosis, treatment options for rosacea, and practical advice for doctors and patients handling rosacea.

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