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Rosacea: Triggers In the Kitchen
Learning About Your Kitchen Triggers
- Being in a hot kitchen (eg, having the oven on for a long time, cooking over a hot stove)
- Eating hot foods or drinking hot beverages
- Eating or drinking caffeinated products
- Eating spicy foods
- Drinking alcohol (eg, red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka, champagne)
- Meats (eg, liver)
- Diary products (eg, yogurt, sour cream, cheese)
- Fruit (eg, oranges, bananas, plums, raisins)
- Vegetables (eg, tomatoes, eggplant, avocado, spinach, 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/index-eng.php/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012
- Update Date: 06/21/2012