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Rosacea: Triggers In the Kitchen
Learning About Your Kitchen Triggers
- Being in a hot kitchen. This includes having the oven on for a long time or cooking over a hot stove.
- Eating hot foods or drinking hot beverages.
- Eating or drinking caffeinated products.
- Eating spicy foods.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Liver and meats
- Diary products, such as yogurt or sour cream
- Fruit, such as red plums, raisins, or citrus fruits
- Vegetables, such as lima or navy beans, or pea pods
Making Changes in the Kitchen
- Keep the environment cool by:
- Putting on the air conditioner or using a fan
- Spritzing your face with cool water
- Stepping out of the kitchen to escape the heat
- Staying hydrated by drinking ice water
- Choosing meals that do not need to be cooked in the oven—For example, an indoor electric grill cooks food quickly without heating up the kitchen.
- Let food and drinks cool before consuming them.
- Try to avoid food and drink triggers—Carefully read ingredients and choose recipes cautiously. Keep in mind that certain spices, like chili powder, may lead to a flare-up.
- Ask for help in the kitchen—For example, if you are cooking something over the stove, ask a family member to assist you. This will give you a chance to take a break from the heat.
International Rosacea Foundation http://www.internationalrosaceafoundation.org
National Rosacea Society http://www.rosacea.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 00/50/2014