openforbusinessCoronavirus update: We are seeing patients via videoconsultation where it is clinically appropriate to do so to maximise the patient and staff safety. Enhanced hygiene meaures in our rooms include acrylic screens, masks, hand sanitiser, face shields and physical distancing-related changes. We are closed on Fridays. 

Nurse Beth continues to provide ear molding services face to face on Mondays and Tuesdays. Due to limited appointment availability we are only scheduling ear molding appointments for infants aged less than three months.

There are  currently restrictions on performing elective surgery in Victorian hospitals, as private hospitals are accommodating aged care residents as well as providing nursing staff for aged care residences. Due to the significant challenges faced in scheduling emergency and urgent surgery we are currently not accepting referrals for emergency or urgent hospital surgeries. We are taking bookings for all surgeries from 21 September, or as soon as the pandemic situation permits. Please note that all patients who are scheduled for elective surgery admission are required to undertake a COVID test and obtain a negative ("not infected") result prior to admission. 

Victorians are in this together and together we will get through this. Thank you for your understanding as our community works through these unprecedented times together (last updated: 10 August 2020).

Rosacea

Written by Dr Jill Tomlinson on .

Rosacea is a non-contagious inflammatory skin condition that affects the face. The skin capillaries enlarge, giving the appearance of a permanent flush. Rosacea commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50, with frequent flushing or blushing commonly as the first sign. Rosacea is more common in women but can be more severe in men, sometimes resulting in rhinophyma in severe cases. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea, but it can be managed.  

Symptoms

  • enlarged, visible capillaries (telangiectasis)
  • redness and flushing across the nose and cheeks
  • swollen cheeks and nose
  • small red bumps on the face
  • frequent blushing 
  • a rash that is confined to the face
  • a sensation of "stinging" on the face

triggers

  • alcohol
  • hot drinks
  • spicy foods
  • coffee and tea
  • anxiety and emotional stress
  • overexposure to sunlight
  • overheating

treatments

  • avoidance of triggers
  • topical vitamin A
  • niacinamide/vitamin B3
  • products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as green tea, sea-buckthorn oil, Olive Squalene - such as Synergie's Dermacalm anti redness serum and De-Stress moisturiser
  • zinc oxide based mineral sunblocks and mineral makeup containing high levels of zinc oxide - as zinc oxide is a natural anti-inflammatory
  • camouflage makeup, such as Cover Recover or Synergie redness correct
  • antibiotics such as doxycycline, minocycline and metronidazole; these may be prescribed as topical or oral treatments
  • topical gel that constricta the skin blood vessels (brimonidine)
  • surgery to treat rhinophyma

In the video below Terri Vinson of Synergie Skin details the Synergie skincare products that can be used effectively in rosacea:

 To discuss non-surgical treatment options please contact (03) 9427 9596 and schedule an appointment with one of our practice nurses. For prescription medication treatment or surgical treatment please request an appointment with Dr Jill Tomlinson. 

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