How is rosacea diagnosed?

Your doctor will conduct a thorough exam of your signs and symptoms, and will take a medical history. During your exam, you should tell your doctor about any problems you are having with your face (redness, bumps or pimples, burning, itching, etc.). There is no specific test to diagnose rosacea.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/10/2019.


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