Rosacea in Columbus, OH
Redness accompanied by tiny, pus-filled bumps on the skin indicates that you have rosacea, a common skin condition that can be treated at Downtown Dermatology. Our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat people in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area who have rosacea.
What is Rosacea?
While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, the condition tends to stem from certain environmental and genetic factors. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and tiny, pus-filled bumps. In many patients, the symptoms appear for a period of time, disappear and then reappear, a cycle known as “flare-ups.” Through research and practical experience, the medical community has found some triggers for rosacea flare-ups, such as:
- Drinking alcohol and hot beverages
- Eating spicy foods
- Taking hot baths or using saunas
- Being exposed to sunlight or extreme temperatures
- Certain drugs
- Strenuous activities, such as exercise
Rosacea Treatment Benefits
Without professional treatment, your rosacea will likely worsen over time. Rosacea cannot be cured, so Dr. Hicks-Graham focuses on managing the symptoms of rosacea, such as:
- Dry, swollen, irritated eyes
- Red, swollen bumps on the skin
- Nose enlargement due to a thickening of the skin
What Areas Can Be Treated for Rosacea?
Rosacea can affect the:
What Can I Expect From Rosacea Treatment?
Rosacea treatment aims to control the symptoms and prevent the condition from affecting other areas. Dr. Hicks-Graham may recommend:
- Acne medications to help with the pus-filled bumps and other lesions associated with rosacea
- Antibiotics to help with inflammation
- Laser treatment for blood vessels that are affected by the condition
Rosacea Treatment Preparation
The first step in receiving appropriate treatment for your rosacea is to have a consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham. You should be prepared to discuss your:
- Personal and family medical history
- Current medications and supplements
- Any triggers that may be associated with flare-ups
- Frequency and severity of flare-ups
- Symptoms caused by your skin condition
- Remedies that you have tried, including non-prescription and prescription medications
Rosacea Treatment Recovery
No two cases of rosacea are alike, so it may take some time for Dr. Hicks-Graham to find the right combination of medications and lifestyle changes for your rosacea. Over time, you will see a noticeable reduction in symptoms and your skin will appear healthier and less red.
How Much Does Rosacea Treatment Cost?
Rosacea treatment is covered under the specialty care clause of your medical insurance, so you should only be responsible for a portion of the cost. Our patient coordinator will discuss your exact cost of treatment after the consultation. We accept payment by cash, check, major credit card and CareCredit® financing.
Is Rosacea Treatment Right for Me?
Rosacea can get worse without appropriate medical treatment. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hicks-Graham has the expertise and qualifications you need to learn how to manage your rosacea symptoms.
A consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham helps you feel in control of your rosacea and quality of life. If you believe that you have rosacea or have tried to manage the symptoms on your own, contact us to learn about the safe and effective rosacea treatments at Downtown Dermatology.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, so there is not cure. You can learn how to manage the symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. Downtown Dermatology is the home of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham, who offers her expertise to people in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area who live with rosacea.