Diagnosis of rosacea is based on patient history and physical examination. No special tests are required.
While there is no cure for rosacea, a combination of medication and lifestyle changes can help you manage the condition.
Your doctor may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics. The anti-inflammatory properties of oral antibiotics like tetracycline and erythromycin can help control skin eruptions. Topical medications can help reduce inflammation and redness. Besides topical antibiotics, commonly prescribed topical treatments for rosacea may include tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, and azelaic acid. Your doctor may also consider vitamin A-based alternatives like isoretinol or isoretinoin (Accutane).
In severe cases, laser surgery can be used to eliminate enlarged veins and reduce enlarged nose tissue.
In addition to medications and treatments prescribed by your doctor, you can reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups by identifying and avoiding factors that may trigger them, such as sun exposure or spicy foods.