Do You Really Want to Use Drugs for Rosacea?

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April 02, 2003 | 35,200 views

Rosacea, a common disorder of the facial skin, affects about 14 million Americans. However, 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of this disease, according to a survey.

Not only do most Americans not recognize the disorder, but they also don’t know how to treat it. Rosacea causes red-faced, acne-like effects, which can result in psychological and social problems if left untreated.

Many patients use topical creams as a treatment. According to a study, Nix (Permethrin 5%) cream, which is traditionally used to treat lice, was found to be an alternative to the topical treatment of rosacea, as researchers found Nix to be superior to Metrogel 0.75% gel.

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If you haven’theard of rosacea before, don’t feel bad--most people haven’t.Rosacea is the term that has been given to an acne-type conditionthat is most predominant in women and on their cheeks.

Notice how the rashis in a "butterfly distribution" with the body of thebutterfly centered over the nose. Most milder cases are only onthe cheeks.

Nearly all traditionalapproaches involve the use of antibiotics. The safer ones restrictthemselves to topical applications. Metrogel would be the standardthat most doctors use for this problem.

The researchers conductingthe above study somehow got the brilliant idea to use Nix topicallyto treat this. Amazingly this worked. However, it is not somethingI would have ever advised or suggested. Why?

Nix is designed tokill higher-level organisms like lice, which more closely resemblehumans than do bacteria. As a result, Nixis toxic, as some sites show, especially if used everyday.

So if you have rosaceaplease listen up. I don’t guarantee many things, but this oneI will:

Drugs are not theanswer, especially topical Nix.

Fortunately, rosaceais typically quite an easy problem to treat. More than half thetime it responds to the elimination of grains, primarily wheat,and sugars from the diet.

Fine-tuning involves eating for your metabolictype and addressing the emotional stresses in your life, asthese will cause impairment in the immune system that will makerosacea more difficult to control. My new book, Dr.Mercola’s Total Health Program, gives youeverything you need to know to boost your immune system to fightconditions like rosacea and more, and even gives you a basic testto determine your individual nutritional type.

In terms of the emotional side of things, Emotional FreedomTechnique (EFT) works remarkably well in resolving emotional challenges.I use this psychological acupressure technique routinely in my practiceand find that it works better than any other traditional or alternativemethod I have tried.

For step-by-step instructions on how to perform this effectivetechnique view my free EFT manual.

It is very rare when the rosacea of patients I treat doesn’trapidly resolve. I am confident that the above recommendations arevalid and will resolve the problem for most people who strugglewith this cosmetic challenge