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Can You Get A Diagnosis For Rosacea On The Internet?

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It is not a good idea to get a diagnosis of rosacea on the internet, particularly posting on a social media rosacea group and ask, IS THIS ROSACEA?, beside the fact that such a diagnosis is illegal and unethical, since diagnosis of rosacea is only made by a physician, particularly a dermatologist. You may think you are just as smart to self diagnose your skin condition but that isn't a good idea either. And really, do you think posting your photo on a social network and asking the group, 'is this rosacea?' is the way you should get a diagnosis? 

If you are asking, 'IS THIS ROSACEA?', to a social media group for rosacea, you may not be aware that there are a huge number of skin diseases and conditions that present with erythema. The differential diagnosis that is required by a physician to go through is a growing list which you may review here. Do you think that other Rosaceans in a social media group have the qualifications to differentiate rosacea from other skin diseases? 

Often after viewing photo(s) of the individual who is asking, 'Is this rosacea?,' the posters invariably respond, 'that looks exactly like mine!' since they are now obviously 'experts' at diagnosing rosacea. These 'experts' can look at a photo posted on a blog or social media group, i.e., Facebook or Reddit, and differentiate rosacea from all the other skin conditions that look exactly like rosacea. So who needs to see a dermatologist when you have a rosacea Facebook group to tell you what you have? Really? You trust such a diagnosis?  Do you really think that is way to diagnose your particular erythema?

Remember, erythema is just one of the usual signs of rosacea, and at the same time found in a huge number of other skin conditions/diseases. 

You really should obtain a proper diagnosis of rosacea from a dermatologist to rule out any other possible rosacea mimic and differentiate other skin conditions that might co-exist.  You might have a variant of rosacea or you should know what rosacea phenotype you may have. If you physician is still using subtypes, your physician isn't keeping up with phenotypes

Internet Diagnosis
While some websites offer an internet diagnosis if you pay money and send photos and a history, do you really think this would be better than actually visiting a dermatologist who looks closely at your skin issue, takes a detailed history and possibly take some tests to rule out rosacea mimics? There really hasn't been any reports from rosaceans that they received an internet diagnosis from a physician. 

Of course, as this becomes more acceptable, without a doubt, an online visit with a doctor may prove to be easier. Just google 'online doctor visit' and note the number of websites offering this service. Why not let us know your experience with obtaining an online internet diagnosis by posting your results in this thread? Wouldn't it be helpful to volunteer and post your experience if you have rosacea and actually obtained an online internet diagnosis?

For more info:

Can you self diagnose rosacea?

What Is Rosacea?

What Should I Ask My Physician?

What is involved with diagnosing rosacea?

Differential Diagnosis Of Rosacea

Rosacea Mimics

Co-existing Conditions

Rosacea Newbies

Diagnosing Rosacea In Five Minutes Or Less

Is Rosacea A ‘Complicated Diagnosis Path’ And Mysterious Disorder?

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