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    In the past couple of months I've been experiencing some pretty intense and uncomfortable flushing episodes. The flushing is totally unlike what I used to experience in the past- doesn't necessarily even seem to be what I would consider a rosacea flush most of the time. Long story short, it's caught me completely off guard and I've been pretty much housebound and in a very very dark place since it started.

    I've been lucky in that my job makes it easy to work remotely in my perfectly temperature-controlled living room. This has worked for the most part except I can't avoid one huge trigger, which is stress. I am seeing specialists such as a endocrinologist to try to figure out what is causing this flushing, but one thing I know is that stress is a huge factor and I don't think I can heal from this until I catch a break.

    Has anyone taken leave off from work due to bad rosacea symptoms like this? I tried to ask my boss for less stressful projects (he's aware of this issue I'm having) but it seems that in my industry every project has tight deadlines, angry coworkers, etc. Every weekend I seem to start to recover and every week I end up screaming/crying at the computer screen alone in my living room, which totally sets my face off burning, swelling, and red. Even just reading an email that makes me slightly anxious makes me feel the slow tightening and swelling build up in my cheeks.

    I took a week of sick leave but that was early on in all of this when I was emotionally volatile and barely sleeping- not much of a stress relief.

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    Hmm that wasn't really my question, but thank you. I've read all the information on this forum several times at this point.

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    I rarely flush, or flush normally as the rest of the population. There are some Rosaceans who say they have no flushing issues. Wish I could have been better help to you. Hope you find relief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamoverton View Post
    In the past couple of months I've been experiencing some pretty intense and uncomfortable flushing episodes. The flushing is totally unlike what I used to experience in the past- doesn't necessarily even seem to be what I would consider a rosacea flush most of the time. Long story short, it's caught me completely off guard and I've been pretty much housebound and in a very very dark place since it started.

    I've been lucky in that my job makes it easy to work remotely in my perfectly temperature-controlled living room. This has worked for the most part except I can't avoid one huge trigger, which is stress. I am seeing specialists such as a endocrinologist to try to figure out what is causing this flushing, but one thing I know is that stress is a huge factor and I don't think I can heal from this until I catch a break.

    Has anyone taken leave off from work due to bad rosacea symptoms like this? I tried to ask my boss for less stressful projects (he's aware of this issue I'm having) but it seems that in my industry every project has tight deadlines, angry coworkers, etc. Every weekend I seem to start to recover and every week I end up screaming/crying at the computer screen alone in my living room, which totally sets my face off burning, swelling, and red. Even just reading an email that makes me slightly anxious makes me feel the slow tightening and swelling build up in my cheeks.

    I took a week of sick leave but that was early on in all of this when I was emotionally volatile and barely sleeping- not much of a stress relief.
    Hi Jamoverton,

    In the past, I have had to leave two jobs because of my rosacea, which is really sad. When I went into the jobs, my symtoms were manageable, but as rosacea often does, it got progressively worse over time. I took a couple of week holidays to compensate for the non-bruising vbeams I was having, but although they blunted my rosacea, it eventually developed into persistent redness which led me to seek out bruising vbeam. I was so desperate for the bruising vbeams that I had to leave the jobs to have it and recover from the bruises. I am actually in a bad place now, and looking to get another bruising vbeam soon. I have a part-time job at the moment and had a non-bruising vbeam 2 weeks ago with another derm (mine is on Paternity leave), and it did nothing for my skin - my skin is actually worse now than before the treatment annoyingly. I am looking to book in another bruising vbeam next month, and again a decision will have to be made whether I tell them or leave the job.

    Have you considered IPL for your flushing? Is it redness flushing or burning flushing? My new derm said that the burning symptoms are best attacked by IPL because of the different wavelengths whilst vbeam targets the superficial vessels. Having said that, whenever my redness and burning is bad, purpuric vbeam seems to help me more, but of course, more downtime.

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    Studies have suggested that many people with rosacea have depression and/or anxiety to varying degrees. Both of these are very common reasons to take sick leave, and are likely to be easier for employers and general doctors to understand, than sick leave due to "rosacea". So you may wish to raise "depression" or "anxiety" as the primary reason for sick leave if you are experiencing one of those.

    I find that using an older laptop with thick plastic casing on the USB cable (not wi-fi) causes virtually no flushing (at least when taking medications) whereas using a new thin metal laptop (e.g. an Apple) on wi-fi causes significant flushing. You can google low EMF radiation laptops to find out more about this.

    I've found medications (e.g. moxonodine, hydroxychloroquine, gabapentin) much less troublesome than IPL and VBeam for flushing. They don't tend to lead to downtime in the same way, and rarely cause side effects that lead to the rosacea getting worse. But I appreciate some people do find IPL/laser helpful.
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