The best way to approach a patient with rosacea is to look at the individual symptoms, according to Linda Stein Gold, MD, director of dermatology research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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Papules and pustules need an oral or topical anti-inflammatory drug. Background erythema requires an alpha adrenergic agonist. Telangiectasia is best handled by a laser device, and if a patient has a phyma, “you’ve got to use a surgical approach,” she said at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation. It sounds simple, but there are decisions to be made about what drugs and formulations to use, and when, and when to combine them.

In an interview, Dr. Stein Gold shared her approach to treatment, along with the latest on using ivermectin and brimonidine together, plus her thoughts on new medications under development and the role of the Demodex mite in rosacea.

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