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    Default Treatment options for constant burning and stinging?

    I am new here and I realize that this topic has been discussed on an older post. I did post on the this older post but did not receive any replies. (perhaps because the old thread is several years old) Anyway, I am writing because over the last several months I have developed constant burning and stinging on my face. I was diagnosed with rosacea (which I knew I had but haven't had any issues with it for over 15 years) but doctors seem stumped as to what to do with me in terms of the pain. I am currently taking neurontin which helps but doesn't take away the pain. I read on some other posts about people's experiences with low dose accutane helping the burning and stinging--is there anyone out there who has had success with this treatment and could respond? I would love to hear any and all suggestions as I am really starting to lose my mind. This is such a debilitating condition.

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    I understand. I have this pain (medically induced). I don't have advice. I will read the replies.

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    Hi, I had burning and stinging. Zoloft helped me greatly. Burning was gone.Also, keeping your skin very well hydrated is important. Use a gentle moisturizer and drink lots of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hg24 View Post
    Hi, I had burning and stinging. Zoloft helped me greatly. Burning was gone.Also, keeping your skin very well hydrated is important. Use a gentle moisturizer and drink lots of water.
    I have a question about this. When you take antidepressant meds such as this does it only reduce the pain or does it also reduce flushing?

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    It can reduce the flushing. Several members on the forum take antidepressants for their flushing and burning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hg24 View Post
    It can reduce the flushing. Several members on the forum take antidepressants for their flushing and burning.
    This is something I definitely want to keep in mind for further along if I don't recover or if my condition worsens. It's challenging to figure out the right ones. My neurologist prescribed Amitriptyline for my nerve pain. But, it can actually worsen flushing. Someone recommended lyrica. But, I am in a group for people with trigeminal neuralgia and while it helped some, it caused serious harm to others. So, I will continue gathering information from people's experiences and then bring the info to my neurologist. I will look into Zoloft. Thank you! I do remember you mentioning this before. It's helpful info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyDancer View Post
    This is something I definitely want to keep in mind for further along if I don't recover or if my condition worsens. It's challenging to figure out the right ones. My neurologist prescribed Amitriptyline for my nerve pain. But, it can actually worsen flushing. Someone recommended lyrica. But, I am in a group for people with trigeminal neuralgia and while it helped some, it caused serious harm to others. So, I will continue gathering information from people's experiences and then bring the info to my neurologist. I will look into Zoloft. Thank you! I do remember you mentioning this before. It's helpful info.
    Sure thing. Hope your flushing gets better soon!

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    Thanks! I think I am making progress slowly.

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    I sympathize greatly as I've been struggling with intense burning for about two years now (my face is inflamed but also flushes badly daily). I've tried many things--it seems like different things work for different people, and my derms say sometimes a combo of meds is needed. Things i've tried that haven't helped much are neurontin, lyrica, amytryptiline. Some help: fluoxetine, clonazepam, orap, clonodine, dapsone, doxy, 3 Vbeams (still doing those). I'm currently on a crazy cocktail of meds, still looking for something with many drs (pain specialists, psychoderm, terms) that can really keep the burning down--I've frankly found it completely debilitating and keeps me homebound trying to avoid flushing pain. I'll let you know if I find something that works even better, and feels free to PM me as well if you'd like more details on things I've tried. Good luck! You're not alone!

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    Have you guys been reading the thread about the ketamine & amitriptyline ointment? Not sure if it will work for rosacea - people are still experimenting - but read the thread. If the ointment helps the burning pain of erythromelalgia, maybe it will help rosacea stinging/burning? Here's the thread link: https://rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosacea...ad.php?t=36313

    In the meantime, I had some help from Zoloft. Anything you can do to calm inflammation is also helpful. Try zinc supps; also zinc cream (diaper rash) or calamine lotion with zinc. The creamm can be drying, so moisturize. Also, I cleanse my skin as little as possible. Instead I just rinse with cold water.

    I use a moisturizer for eczema folks. It's designed to repair the skin barrier. It's ideal for intolerant skin and calming skin. Neosporin Eczema Essentials - the 6 oz tube. Do NOT get the small tube with hydrocortisone in it. Several people here have had success with the moisturizer. You can search for it on the forum.

    Lysine and MSM supps have helped some here. You can search the forum.

    I know how horrible the burning/stinging can be. You basically are trying to quiet the nerve endings, which are way overstimulated from flushing and inflammation. Check out the thread on the ketamine/amitriptyline ointment. It's a new discussion, but it might help you. Best of luck!

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