Q: My friend has a disease that causes her nose to get very red. Apparently, there is no cure, and eventually her nose will get ruddier and bulbous. Her doctor wants to put her on tetracycline for life. Is there any natural cure or help for this ailment?
A: You are probably talking about acne rosacea. This is a particular kind of acne that causes the nose to develop redness and a bulbous appearance over time. Many factors have been suspected of causing rosacea: B-vitamin deficiencies, menopausal flushing, local infection, hydrochloric acid deficiency, and digestive disorders.
Treatment goals include avoiding foods that cause flushing, correcting digestive disorders and correcting nutritional deficiencies.
Dietary changes should include avoiding stimulants such as spicy foods and alcohol, eliminating refined sugars and carbohydrates, and avoiding saturated fats.
Supplements might include B-complex vitamins, hydrochloric acid, and pancreatic enzymes.