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What is Rosacea?
Answer: If you want to know what rosacea is which is a popular FAQ read this post

IS THIS ROSACEA?

Different Question: Is this Rosacea?
This is probably one of more frequently asked questions when searching the internet regarding rosacea than the above question, 'What is Rosacea?'. There is a difference in this question, 'Is this Rosacea?', than the previous question.

You can find this FAQ on just about every social media public or private rosacean group, i.e., Reddit, Facebook, etc. and invariably the questioner, a rosacea newbie, describes their skin issue in detail, typically including photo(s), and the answer in the social media group usually is, 'that's just like my condition'. 

Did the questioner, who thinks he/she has rosacea, and joins a rosacea social media group, who asks this question, go to a doctor and get a diagnosis? No, because if the questioner did get a diagnosis, he/she would know what the skin issue is with a proper diagnosis, not needing to ask such a question.

Asking Other Rosacea Sufferers?
So first and foremost, CAN YOU GET A DIAGNOSIS ON THE INTERNET?  (from a group of rosacea sufferers?), should be read first. Think about this, if you ask, 'Is this rosacea?', to a group of rosacea sufferers?  Could a group of rosacea sufferers have a bias in their answer?

While being in a rosacea online group with other rosacea sufferers can prove to be quite helpful, the ones in the group are not experts in diagnosis unless a member is a dermatologist, which is not likely, and even if you found such a dermatologist in an online forum or group, do you think it would be proper to diagnose in a group discussion?  

Since there are a huge number of other skin conditions that present with erythema and look so much like rosacea that the 'experts', who are all suffering from rosacea, in the rosacea social media group you are asking this question, who are absolutely sure that your description and photos look 'exactly like mine' and therefore can diagnose you quickly with rosacea, you might want, instead, to be sure you get a proper diagnosis from a dermatologist, and rule out all the other of skin conditions that look like rosacea and the list is staggering and keeps growing.  

Online Diagnosis from a Physician
With the coronavirus epidemic, doctors are now diagnosing more frequently with online video conferencing patient sessions, so this is possible, therefore, would it not be prudent to ask a dermatologist this question rather than a group of rosacea sufferers who all have rosacea (or some other rosacea mimic) who as previously mentioned may have a bias in any comments about your description or photos You may be able to get an online diagnosis from a dermatologist who would probably be more objective in his diagnosis of your skin condition and is more qualified than rosacea sufferers. You can learn more about an online diagnosis from a physician by clicking here

FAQs related to this subject include:

What is rosacea? (definition)

Diagnosing Rosacea (What is involved?)

Is Flushing Rosacea?

Can rosacea be misdiagnosed?

Can you self diagnose rosacea?

What does rosacea look like?

Can rosacea exist with other skin conditions?

Is Rosacea Confusing, A Bewilderment And A Mystery?

P.S. Did you know you could find the reply button and make a comment to this post?  That is what volunteering is all about, which is sadly missing with the current rosacea sufferers. 

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