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I have very painful, red rosacea. It looks and feels like a…

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I have very painful, red...
I have very painful, red rosacea. It looks and feels like a 2nd degree burn and swells my cheeks. My P.A. at the Veterans Clinic said that she has never had a patient with this type of rosacea. I take doxycycline twice a day and apply 4% lidocaine cream, which no longer helps.
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Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 8 months ago
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok.
Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 8 months ago

Got them--thanks

How long were you on the doxycycline?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ever since I had a bad reaction to laser treatment, so probably about 3 months or so.
Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 8 months ago

OK

At this point I would prescribe you isotretinoin capsules--20 mg to be taken daily for a month

That should clear this up for you

So ask your doctor about that

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Is that an antibiotic also? How is that different?
Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 8 months ago

No, not an antibiotic

It's a synthetic kind of vitamin A preparation

But I've seen it work wonders with your kind of rosacea

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Why just for 30 days? Just to see the f it works?
Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 8 months ago

Usually that's just about how long it takes for the full effect--not just to see if it works

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Does it help with the pain and swelling?
Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 8 months ago

Absolutely

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thank you.
Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 8 months ago

My pleasure

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