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Posted recently about a flare up of my Roseacea. Saw the dermatologist who prescribed a topical gel and a new antibiotic, Minocycline, rather than Doxycycline. He said it was effective for some type of sub disease related to my Roseacea.

Took my first dose at 8 am...by noon I had 2 blisters the size of quarters on my fingers. Checked with the pharmacist and he confirmed blisters are a side effect of Minocycline. Only took that one dose. Switched back to Doxycycline...

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Ouch! That looks very nasty RJR!

Hope you can get this under control.

Best wishes,


P.S. you may wish to restrict your post to this community only given the graphic pictures

RJR1, thanks for posting about your response to minocycline. I have a dermatology appointment coming up due to resistance to all topical meds and I will definitely question in detail if minocycline is recommended.


RjR1, is it rosecea on your hands? Perhaps your hands are eczema or other dermatitis, or psoriasis, or even herpes virus--there are cases showing that online. Just asking, because I can't find evidence for rosecea as your pic shows. (I know the meds both CLL treatment and whatever you have applied, could be a part of the problem. It DOES look serious, So hope you find the right diagnosis and get some relief.

Eczema is a type of dermatitis which can occur anywhere on the body. Caused by inflammation, eczema makes skin dry, itchy, red and cracked. It appears most commonly on the hands, neck, face, legs, and skin creases. ... Seborrheic dermatitis may be one of the most common skin conditions to occur at the same time as rosacea.Jun 6, 2016

Red Skin & Rashes Are Not Always the Result of Rosacea | Rosacea.org


10. Area of Concentration: Where You Can Find Eczema, Rosacea and Psoriasis


Photo by Roymishali / CC BY-SA

Aside from the definition, symptoms and age of onset, the area of concentration is another factor you need to look into to determine whether those rashes are eczema, rosacea or psoriasis. This is because, despite the almost similar symptoms, these three conditions have their own designated skin areas where they normally appear.

Eczema can occur anywhere in your body, although it is commonly found on the cheeks and the back of the hands, as well as the various creases and skin folds of your body, like your elbows and neck, top of your arms, and the back of your knees.

On the other hand, rosacea primarily affects the center of your face – your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. It does not appear in your limbs and extremities, although rosacea could spread to your eyes, neck, chest and back.

As for psoriasis, it affects your entire body, although it prefers thicker areas of your skin such as your elbows, palms, legs and soles of your feet. This skin condition could also appear in your scalp, which can be uncomfortable and appear like dandruff. It could also appear on your nails, which makes them pitted, loose and ridged.

RJR1 in reply to cllady01

No the Roseacea is facial. The photo is of the blisters which were a side effect of the Minocycline. I've had Roseacea for nearly 35 of my 68 years so am very familiar with the condition. I have never had Psoriasis or Eczema. As a result of my long experience with Roseacea and past treatment over the years I see a dermatologist at least annually.


They look painful. Maybe a good idea to clean them and cover them with bandages to avoid infection.

I hope they go away soon. Although it can’t be soon enough.



RJR1 in reply to Flabal

Actually no discomfort. I clean them with Hydrogen Peroxide, apply a topical anti biotic. The two picture are drying out and are scabbed over. A newer adjacent blister is open and is being treated the same way.

One benefit of the two now scabbed... with the skin so tight and now crusty I'm forced to grip my golf clubs less tightly which has resulted in much better shots with every club in my bag...always a silver lining somewhere

Flabal in reply to RJR1

That’s amazing. You finding a silver lining on a situation like that. I hope you’ll be all better soon.

Lola69 in reply to RJR1

Hydrogen peroxide is not good. It prevents the good cells from coming to the surface to aid in the healing process. Which antibiotic are u using?Looks like a form of contact dermatitis. Have u gotten another opinion. Who advised u to use peroxide?

Doxycin messed up my ear. Don’t understand why they r giving u antibiotics for rosacea. Try BBL is a light therapy.

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