Coping and supportBy Mayo Clinic staff
Rosacea can be distressing. You might feel embarrassed or anxious about your symptoms and become withdrawn or self-conscious. You may be frustrated or upset by other people's reactions.
If you're having difficulty coping, you may find some of the following suggestions helpful:
- Educate yourself about rosacea. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be to deal with complications or recurrences. Besides talking to your doctor, you may want to talk to a counselor or medical social worker. Or you may find it helpful to talk to other people with rosacea.
- Follow your doctor's recommendations. If your doctor recommends certain treatments or lifestyle changes, be sure to follow them. Ask questions if anything is unclear.
- Maintain a strong support system. Family and friends can help you tremendously as you go through this difficult time. Sometimes, though, you may find the concern and understanding of other people with rosacea especially comforting. Go online to connect with other people living with the condition. The National Rosacea Society indicates that there aren't many face-to-face support groups for rosacea, but if you prefer a live support group, ask your doctor if there are any in your area.
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- Information for patients. The National Rosacea Society. http://www.rosacea.org/patients/faq.php. Accessed Sept. 23, 2010.