openforbusinessCoronavirus update: We are electing to see patients via videoconsultation where it is clinically appropriate to do so to maximise the patient and staff safety. We have implemented enhanced hygiene meaures in our rooms including acrylic screens, masks, hand sanitiser, face shields and physical distancing-related changes. Nurse Beth continues to provide ear molding services face to face on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

We are cannot guarantee that our safety-first approach to providing essential healthcare in these unprecented times will ensure that we avoid unexpected disruptions in the weeks ahead, but that - in addition to providing you with excellent care - is our objective. Do not be alarmed by our face masks, screens or shields. We don't want anyone to become unwell as a result of accessing healthcare services, and we don't want the continuity of care that we provide to our patients to be affected by a phone call from a contact tracer advising our staff that we must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

Victorians are in this together and together we will get through this. Thank you for your understanding as our community works through these unprecedented times together (last updated: 7 July 2020).

Rosacea

Written by Dr Jill Tomlinson on .

Rosacea is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition that affects the face. The skin capillaries enlarge, giving the appearance of a permanent flush. Rosacea commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50, with frequent flushing or blushing commonly as the first sign. Rosacea is more common in women but can be more severe in men, sometimes resulting in rhinophyma in severe cases. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea, but it can be managed.  

Symptoms

  • enlarged, visible capillaries (telangiectasis)
  • redness and flushing across the nose and cheeks
  • swollen cheeks and nose
  • small red bumps on the face
  • frequent blushing 
  • a rash that is confined to the face
  • a sensation of "stinging" on the face

triggers

  • alcohol
  • hot drinks
  • spicy foods
  • coffee and tea
  • anxiety and emotional stress
  • overexposure to sunlight
  • overheating

treatments

  • avoidance of triggers
  • topical vitamin A
  • niacinamide/vitamin B3
  • products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as green tea, sea-buckthorn oil, Olive Squalene - such as Synergie's Dermacalm anti redness serum and De-Stress moisturiser
  • zinc oxide based mineral sunblocks and mineral makeup containing high levels of zinc oxide - as zinc oxide is a natural anti-inflammatory
  • camouflage makeup, such as Cover Recover or Synergie redness correct
  • antibiotics such as doxycycline, minocycline and metronidazole; these may be prescribed as topical or oral treatments
  • topical gel that constricta the skin blood vessels (brimonidine)
  • surgery to treat rhinophyma

In the video below Terri Vinson of Synergie Skin details the Synergie skincare products that can be used effectively in rosacea:

 To discuss non-surgical treatment options please contact (03) 9427 9596 and schedule an appointment with one of our practice nurses. For prescription medication treatment or surgical treatment please request an appointment with Dr Jill Tomlinson. 

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