YOUR HEALTH ASK DR ROSE­MARY LEONARD

GOT A MED­I­CAL PROB­LEM OR NEED HEALTH AD­VICE? ASK GP DR ROSE­MARY LEONARD

Woman & Home - - Contents -

QI’ve had rosacea for sev­eral years, but this sum­mer it’s been worse than ever. My Gp pre­scribed metron­ida­zole gel and tetra­cy­cline an­tibi­otics, but nei­ther helps. What else can I do?

AROSACEA IS A SKIN CON­DI­TION THAT LEADS TO FA­CIAL RED­NESS, ALONG WITH SMALL RED SPOTS. SOME­TIMES IT CAN AF­FECT THE EYES AS WELL, CAUS­ING DRYNESS AND SCAL­ING OF THE EYELIDS. IT’S MORE COM­MON IN WOMEN, ES­PE­CIALLY BE­TWEEN THE AGES OF 30 AND 60. THE CAUSE ISN’T KNOWN, BUT MAY BE LINKED WITH EX­CESS NUM­BERS OF A TINY MITE THAT NOR­MALLY LIVES HARMLESSLY ON THE SKIN, TO­GETHER WITH ABNORMAL IM­MUNE RE­AC­TIONS, WHICH LEAD TO IN­FLAM­MA­TION. A GOOD AL­TER­NA­TIVE TREAT­MENT IS SOOLANTRA CREAM. THE AC­TIVE IN­GRE­DI­ENT IS IVERMECTIN, WHICH HAS BOTH ANTI-IN­FLAM­MA­TORY AC­TION

AND CAN HELP KILL OFF THE EX­CESS MITES. IT’S ONLY AVAIL­ABLE ON PRE­SCRIP­TION.

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