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Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. – Harvey Mackay

Nothing surprises me anymore.  Took B to the dermatologist for your average boring blackhead consultation.  Loved the dermatologist at Center for Dermatology in Gilbert.  B brought up the fact that her cheeks are always read.  IMG_1486

The doctor said we call that Rosacea, see your mom has it too (as she points at me).  Say what?  News to mom for sure.  Super flattering selfie to show you what the doctor saw from across the room.  So first what is Rosacea?

From the American Academy of Dermatology: Rosacea (rose-AY-sha) is a common skin disease. It often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people. The redness can slowly spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. Even the ears, chest, and back can be red all the time. Rosacea can cause more than redness.

Of course lots of people have Rosacea, and it gives us something in common with Princess Diana apparently.  But as I started to learn more I found that there is evidence that Rosacea may be as a result of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).  Basically bacteria that is usually found in the colon is found in the small intestine.  For me, mom, this makes sense.  I had 1/3 of my colon removed about 5 years ago, as did my dad about 40 years ago.  Plus we know that Cystic Fibrosis impacts the digestive system as well.

No, I am not saying Cystic Fibrosis causes Rosacea.  But I find it very interesting the connections that exist between Rosacea and intestinal disorders.  Cystic Fibrosis causes malabsorption, and can have significant impact on the digestive system as a whole.  We’ve known that both the girls and I have significant vitamin deficiencies, but for different reasons.  So to make that connection back Rosacea is pretty interesting.  So if your cheeks are always red, and you have any issues with your intestines, it might be something to bring up to your doctor.

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