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Are there any special guidelines for travel for rosacea sufferers?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Planning ahead is the most important strategy for traveling when you have rosacea. Keep rosacea in check while you’re away with these tips:
  • Consult your dermatologist before you leave to see if you need to stock up on your prescription medication and for any advice about avoiding rosacea flares when you’re traveling.
  • Pack smart. You won't want to lose your prescription medications, so pack them in your carry-on luggage if you’re flying. Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about rules for carrying your medication on the plane.
  • Maintain your skincare routine while you’re away.
  • Check the weather reports in your destination. If you’re going to a very hot or very cold climate, plan your outdoor excursions for the most temperate part of the day -- in the morning or late afternoon for hot climates, midday for very cold climates.
  • Be sure to pack and use sunscreen daily on vacation.
  • Pack clothes that are well-suited to the weather so you won’t feel overheated or too cold.
  • Read menus carefully and avoid foods and beverages that you know may trigger rosacea flares, such as very spicy foods, alcoholic drinks, or hot beverages.
  • Drink water throughout the day and especially on airplanes to stay hydrated. Consume bottled water if you are unsure about the safety of the water where you’re staying.
  • Minimize stress. Even pleasure vacations can be stressful if you try to do too much. Plan some down time in every day to relax and rest.

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