Rosacea Specialist

Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

As a top dermatologist in the Kearny Mesa, San Diego area, Dr. Bhatia helps patients with rosacea control their symptoms and keep the condition in check so it doesn't progress to cause more serious symptoms like eye infection or cosmetic changes in the skin.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that causes flushing or redness, as well as tiny, acne-like bumps, to appear. Rosacea commonly occurs on the face, but it can also occur on the chest, neck and scalp. The redness occurs when tiny blood vessels called capillaries become broken and inflammation develops in the skin tissue. Some people with rosacea also experience ocular (eye) symptoms like burning, itchiness or dryness. Over time, severe rosacea can cause permanent cosmetic changes in the chin, cheeks, ears or nose (a condition called rhinophyma).

What causes it?

The underlying cause of rosacea hasn't been identified, but some researchers believe it's related to the way the immune system functions or to an imbalance in healthy gut bacteria. Some studies have suggested a link between rosacea and a disorder that causes the capillaries to become inflamed. What is known is that rosacea is most common in people with fair skin and among those who have a family history of the condition.

How is rosacea treated?

Rosacea symptoms often occur or become worse as a result of triggers like stress, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods or changes in temperature. Understanding triggers and avoiding them can help keep some symptoms under control. When symptoms are severe or chronic, Dr. Bhatia can prescribe oral or topical medications to help reduce symptoms and make them less noticeable. If the eyes are involved, it's important to see an ophthalmologist to get special medications specifically for the eyes to avoid infection and potential vision-related problems. Dr. Bhatia will evaluate your symptoms and determine the best course of action for your symptoms and needs. When needed, he can also recommend an ophthalmologist experienced in ocular rosacea treatment.

Can rosacea be spread to other people?

No, rosacea cannot be spread from person to person.

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As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.

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Please note - We do not accept Covered California

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