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Help! Red shiny nose if I drink alcohol or get hot.

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RudolphRedNose Thu 05-Jun-14 21:38:51

Is there anything I can do about this?

If I drink alcohol my nose goes red and shiny, even if I'm not particularly warm. Also, if I get warm (which is often the case in our office) I get the same problem. Slight bit of sun, if I sit outside in it, has the same affect

I'm sure it's getting worse.

What's causing it and is there anything I can do to stop it?

(possibly peri-menopausal if that makes a difference?)

RudolphRedNose Fri 06-Jun-14 08:30:07

see if I get more luck with replies this morning.....

useryourillusion Fri 06-Jun-14 10:26:48

I assume you have googled it, or spoken to your GP?
This happens to me also but is more likely with dark/tannic/red alcohols, i think. VVV embarassing as it makes it appear as though you have been drinking heavily even though you may have imbibed as little as a few sips-my experience again. The bizarre thing for me is that is does not happen every time...

sebsmummy1 Fri 06-Jun-14 10:31:58

It does sound like you could be getting the onset of rosacea, very common in your forties/fifties. It probably does involve a change of lifestyle unfortunately as alcohol is a major trigger. Although you can't cure the condition you can manage it quite effectively by avoiding triggers, caffeine is one.

RudolphRedNose Fri 06-Jun-14 11:59:29

No caffeine or alcohol?! Noooooooo shock

I haven't googled it actually, maybe I will - usually find google results in horror stories with anything health related though so find MN better.

peachdaiquirionmytoes Fri 06-Jun-14 18:22:43

I too am perimenopausal and have recently been diagnosed with rosacea. However, now I know what it is, I realise its something I have had for most of my adult life. Its only now that it seems to have ramped up. Do some research (although it did frighten me at first) and have a think about any changes you could make - it may be switching to a different drink could make a difference, i.e ditch the wine and drink vodka. I am now the proud owner of a lovely straw sun hat with a large brim. I also see it as a perfectly valid reason not to exercise! Also some people find eliminating gluten or sugar or dairy helps a lot. My advice is just to try one thing at a time and mineral makeup is your friend.

sebsmummy1 Fri 06-Jun-14 18:48:31

Oh yes sugar is one of my main triggers. If I ate like Victoria Beckham I think id be free of it. Tiny portions of steamed fish and vegetables and a few nuts a day washed down with copious amounts of mineral water would suit this condition perfectly. Unfortunately most of us merely aspire to that sort of willpower and never attain it.

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