How to Tell If Your Red Skin Is Rosacea?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

After reading your documentation on Rosacea, I have concluded that I am suffering from it, myself. I am 25. Although the document was quite informative, I feel that there was nothing to actually guide how it can be treated. I have undergone a course of tetracycline but it has not cured the rosacea. I have also undergone laser treatment but still recently it has again started to make my nose red. I would appreciate it if you could supply some more information to actually guide how and where to get it treated.

Doctor's response

You may be right that you have rosacea. However, you should have the diagnosis confirmed by a doctor. Seeing a dermatologist (a skin doctor) in consultation may be helpful.

The red nose is typical of rosacea but there are other conditions (including laser treatment) that can cause a red nose.

If you have rosacea, tetracycline may well help but it will not cure the rosacea. Nothing cures rosacea. The present aim is to control rosacea, to keep it in check, since a cure is not currently known.

Following your suggestion that we "supply some more information," we have expanded the Rosacea article of MedicineNet.com and have included considerably more about a number of facets, including the treatment, of this common condition. We hope you find the new information of value.

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I have had recurrent miscarriages. I just found out my ANA level was abnormal. Is there a connection and do I have a disease?

Doctor's response

It is not possible to determine whether or not you have a disease from this information.

There is a connection between ANAs (antinuclear antibodies) and recurrent miscarriages. ANAs suggest the possibility of autoimmune diseases. One of the most well-known autoimmune diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is associated with ANAs in 95% of patients. Women with lupus that become pregnant have a 15% risk of loss of pregnancy. Another autoimmune condition that is associated with both recurrent miscarriages and ANAs is the anti-phospholipid antibody syndrome. Women with this syndrome produce phospholipid antibodies (such as anticardiolipin antibody and lupus anticoagulant) that increase the risk of premature miscarriage. Women with recurrent miscarriages should be tested for phospholipid antibodies.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018