*Practice update COVID-19 as of 4/28/2020
I hope that you and your family are staying healthy in these trying times. I have been closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 in our community and across the country. I am encouraged by the decline in new cases in our community and I am comfortable cautiously reopening our practice as of Friday, May 1st. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, I have implemented safety measures following the guidelines of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Prior to a scheduled appointment, a Sun Valley Skin Center staff member will contact the patient and ask if they, or someone they have been in close contact with, are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. A patient who is experiencing these symptoms will be asked to reschedule their appointment until the symptoms have resolved. Patients will be asked to wear a mask when they enter the practice. If a patient does not have a mask, we will request that they call the practice from the parking lot and a staff member will bring a mask to the patient. Once patients enter the building, a staff member will immediately escort them into an exam room that has had all surfaces sterilized. All Sun Valley Skin Center staff members will be wearing gloves and masks at all times. Visits that can be rendered via telemedicine will continue to be conducted over our telemedicine platform for at least the month of May in an effort to reduce the amount of people in the office.
I sincerely appreciate your participation in these efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I ask that patients not bring children, friends or loved ones to their appointment. I have been impressed with our community’s response to reduce the spread of COVID-19. I think that it is important that we all remain vigilant and continue to adhere to public health guidelines to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.
I thank you for the support of our practice and look forward to seeing you in the practice or virtually through telemedicine.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Lindie Borton, MD
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness, acne-like pimples, visible small blood vessels on the face, swelling and/or watery, irritated eyes. This inflammation of the face can affect the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids. More than 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea. There is also no link between rosacea and cancer.
Rosacea generally begins after age 30 and goes through cycles of flare-ups and remissions. Over time, it gets ruddier in color and small blood vessels (like spider veins) may appear on the face. If left untreated, bumps and pimples may form, the end of the nose may become swollen, red and bulbous and eyes may water or become irritated.
Rosacea occurs most often among people with fair skin who tend to blush or flush easily. It occurs more often among women than men, but men tend to suffer from more severe symptoms. Most patients experience multiple symptoms at varying levels of severity. Common symptoms include:
- persistently red skin on the face
- bumps or acne-like pimples
- visible blood vessels on facial skin
- watery or irritated eyes
- burning, itching or stinging of facial skin
- skin roughness and dryness
- raised red patches
- swelling (edema)
These symptoms may also appear on the neck, chest, scalp and ears.
Research conducted by the National Rosacea Foundation found that the leading triggers for rosacea are:
- sun exposure
- hot or cold weather
- emotional stress
- heavy exercise
- spicy foods
- hot baths
- heated beverages
- some skin care products
- indoor heat
While there is no cure for rosacea and each case is unique, your doctor will probably prescribe oral antibiotics and topical medications to reduce the severity of the symptoms. When the condition goes into remission, only topical treatments may be needed. In more severe cases, a vascular laser, intense pulsed light source or other medical device may be used to remove any visible blood vessels and reduce excess redness and bumpiness on the nose.
To help reduce the incidence of flare-ups, a gentle daily skin care routine is recommended that includes the use of mild, non-abrasive cleansers, soft cloths, rinsing in lukewarm water (not hot or cold), and blotting the face dry (not rubbing). Additionally, individuals with rosacea need to protect themselves from sun exposure by using sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher and sunblocks that eliminate UVA and UVB rays. Patients are also encouraged to keep a record of flare-ups to try and determine the lifestyle and environmental triggers that aggravate the condition.