What do Bill Clinton, WC Fields and Princess Di have in common?
No, they weren’t all total sexual deviants. Or maybe they were, I don’t know, but that’s not my point.
It’s believed they all suffered from Rosacea. Same for James Cagney, Prince Charles, Cameron Diaz, Rene Zwelleger, Rosie O’Donnel, Mariah Carey, JP Morgan, Rembrandt and many millions of others. Same also for me, except I’m certain I suffer from it. And suffer is the right word. It really sucks. Here’s what it looks like on a common person.
As you can see, the face is extremely red and flushed. Look painful? It is. It fucking burns. Worse yet, there’s no cure for it, but instead there are lots of triggers that exacerbate it, so one is supposed to learn the triggers and avoid them. But get this – want to know what some of the top triggers are?
- hot drinks
- cold drinks
- spicy foods
- lots of other particular foods
- stress, embarassment, excitement or other emotions
- swimming pools, hot tubs, etc.
So how the hell is one supposed to avoid all that? That’s basically everything worth living for.
Admittedly there are topical creams one can get for it (though they make it worse for me) and very low level oral antibiotics (which work for me if I’m good about avoiding the triggers), but right now my face feels like it’s on fucking fire, because last week was a very stressful week at work, I had a few drinks over the weekend, went for a long bike ride in the sun, cold and wind, and am unable to quit drinking coffee.
Anyway, I just thought I’d start this thread in case there are any other rosacea suffers on the board (there almost certainly are), because it’s really frustrating as hell and it took me several years to figure out what it was (the doctors I visited didn’t figure it out; I did online). I finally know for sure exactly what it is and exactly how to control it, but it still sucks.
Sure, it could definitely be worse. I could have cancer, or leukemia, or be missing a leg. But anyone else out there with it, knows exactly what I’m talking about.