According to the National Rosacea Society, rosacea is a facial skin condition which affects over 16 million Americans. Despite the growing number of people who are being diagnosed, it is a condition that little is known about. For sufferers of this condition they know it can be difficult to manage both physically and emotionally due to the symptoms that are associated with this problem.

There are several treatments that have become available to manage the symptoms. These include: natural, over-the-counter or prescription medication. Each person responds differently to the treatments, what works well for one person may do nothing for another which makes it important to follow the directions given by a provider to determine the best method to care for the skin.

Due to the nature of rosacea there is a common misunderstanding about the role which antibiotics play in the treatment regime. If you, or someone you know, has this condition there are a few important points to understand about how and what antibiotics will do for you.

Role of Antibiotics

Antibiotics will not cure rosacea. They have been found to be effective in limiting many of the unwelcome symptoms that develop from this condition, such as:

  • redness
  • inflammation
  • secondary acne
  • infections
  • eye symptoms

Most individuals will see a difference in approximately one month, with better results becoming apparent after two months use.

Forms of Antibiotics

In the treatment of rosacea, antibiotics will be delivered in one of two ways: topical or oral. Topical lotions and creams are placed on the affected areas, while oral medications are typically taken in pill form.

The choice between the two can be affected by several factors including compliance, ability to take oral medications, and severity of the symptoms.

There are primary antibiotics which are prescribed to address rosacea these prescriptions include:

  • tetracycline
  • doxycycline
  • erythromycin
  • minocycline
  • trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole
  • metronidazole

Depending upon how bad the symptoms are the antibiotics may be recommended for long term use in small doses, or at full concentration for a short period. A physician will need to perform a thorough examination and review the medical history to determine the best method of addressing the complex condition.

Side Effects

When taking any medication there is always the possibility of side effects, this is true of oral or topical solutions.

Some of the side effects individuals have suffered are:

  • itching
  • rash
  • gastrointestinal distress such as cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • dizziness
  • yeast infections
  • metallic taste
  • lethargy
  • and others

Many people find these unpleasant effects are tolerable and may even dissipate over time.

It is important to see a qualified medical provider to learn about the treatments that are best suited to your personal case.