Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
I suffer from redness on my nose, which begins at the bridge of my nose, with a visible line where I’ve worn sunglasses. I’ve stopped drinking and smoking, but I eat a lot of chillies and tomatoes, and my nose was broken about fifteen years ago, with consequent sinus problems. Could someone please help me identify whether I have rosacea? I don’t have noticeably broken capillaries; my nose is just flushed red, and it seems to redden with different triggers. I’ve read a lot online, but I can’t afford expensive treatments, or waste time with experiments and speculative diagnoses. If you have treated someone successfully with a flushed nose, I would like to know. I can’t tell whether it’s rosacea.
A ‘flushed’ nose in many cases can suggest the diagnosis of rosacea, but for a more definitive diagnosis you need to be seen in person by a specialist in the area. Rosacea can have a few triggers such as chilli foods or extremes of weather , however, avoiding triggers does not always solve the problem. You may require a laser treatment with a vascular laser such as our Gemini laser or Pulsed dye laser, and this can help to reduce redness.
There is a medicare rebate for the laser treatment of redness, and also the out of pocket fee contributes to your Medicare Safety net.