Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Denial Delays Her Diagnosis and Treatment

To this day, Virginia Cox is not sure how she got her first copy of Rosacea Review. One day, it simply seemed to arrive in her mailbox.

"I was shocked," Cox said. "I asked several of my friends if someone had submitted my name, but they said 'no.' Now I know it was really a miracle."

That's because Cox started reading the newsletter and ultimately recognized in herself the disease it described. In her mid-50s, Cox had developed a redness on her cheeks and nose. Yet despite the similarities to rosacea, she initially ignored her gut feelings.

"I was in denial," Cox said. "I just didn't take it seriously. I have always been an easy blusher."

But the redness developed into pimples and when Cox tried a number of home remedies, it only made her condition worse. Eventually she even developed some ocular rosacea symptoms. "It was beyond normal acne," she said. "I knew there was something seriously wrong."

Cox went to a dermatologist and was diagnosed with rosacea. "I knew exactly what she was talking about from reading Rosacea Review," she said. "I should have gone with my gut feeling back when I first started reading the newsletter."

Cox now has a successful treatment regimen that is keeping her rosacea under control. She uses an oral antibiotic once a day and a topical medication twice daily. Cox only wishes she had acted sooner. "I really suffered needlessly," she said.