Fifteen Minute Test May Save 15% or More on Rosacea Treatment openaccess articles

June 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 6 | Department | 692 | Copyright © 2018

Evan Darwin BA, Jessica Cervantes BA, and Hadar Lev-Tov MD

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

   

figure2is then allowed to sit with the medication in clinic for 15 to 30 minutes. After this short incubation, clinical response is typically evident as a lighter patch in the area of application. We do not need to wait for a full response, as the goal of this test is not to determine which medication the patient will have the greater response with, but rather whether or not the patient will have any response to either medication. The patient can then decide if they are happy with the response and a relevant prescription is offered. Treatment of the erythema associated with rosacea is largely directed at quality of life improvement and this pearl targets this goal by saving patients time and money as they can potentially avoid an ineffective medication and get an idea of what their skin will look like treated. Furthermore, in our anecdotal experience this test leads to improved adherence and patient satisfaction as the patients are aware of their own response to the treatments.

DISCLOSURES

The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

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AUTHOR CORRESPONDENCE

Hadar Lev-Tov MD

E-mail:................................................... hlevtov@med.miami.edu

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