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May 20, 2011 – 5:00 pm

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Millions in the world are troubled by pimples, pustules, papules, and facial flushing – for them, Metrogel [Generic], an aqueous gel comprising of Metronidazole, is beneficial in treating this skin condition, called Rosacea. often mistaken for acne, as it may occur with blackheads and whiteheads, Rosacea is more prevalent amongst adults, especially women. The pimples can be found on the face – nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. Metronidazole, an anti-bacterial formulation proves to be an effective remedy for treating this skin condition.

For all those who wake up each day dreading to look in the mirror to find a fresh outburst of pimples on their face, who suffer each day in embarrassment, worried about their physical appearance, low on self-esteem, Metrogel is recommended as an effective therapy for combating Rosacea, a chronic skin condition. this condition is often confused with acne, in which blackheads and whiteheads are present, but in Rosacea the face is covered with pimples, accompanied by Erythema [an abnormal redness of the skin], Telangiectasias [dilated blood vessels], and Rhinophyma – in men more than in women [characterized by an enlarged nose covered by papules and pustules]. Euphemistically termed, Rosacea, it shows up in an ocular form as well, which presents symptoms of gritty eyes and keratitis.

Metronidazole is a broad-based antibiotic that is successful in dealing with anaerobic bacteria that are capable of surviving without oxygen. The medicinal compound possesses anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, considered effective for treating Rosacea in all its forms. Rosacea has been found to affect women more than men, while Rhinophyma is more prevalent amongst men. this skin ailment usually occurs in adults between the ages of 30 to 50 years, but these individuals may probably have experienced flushing in their teens, with the papules and pustules appearing later. The skin is not so oily in Rosacea, as in acne, and may be dry. while Erythema and Telangiectasia occur more in the cheeks and forehead, these symptoms can appear in the neck and upper chest sometimes.

Rosacea has been classified as being of 4 types: Papulopustular [classical Rosacea - abnormally red skin with papules, tiny pustules and flushing]; Phymatous [that may be present with Rhinophyma, as well as nodularities in the chin, forehead, ears and eyelids], Ocular [which can cause dryness/stinging/burning in the eyes, alongwith a foreign-body sensation], and Erythemotelangiectatic [that is manifested in facial flushing - but not around the eyes - accompanied often by a stinging or burning sensation].

Metrogel is applied once, or twice, daily – as prescribed by the dermatologist/physician. Before applying the gel, clean your face with a light cleaning lotion, gently removing it with a soft tissue or damp cotton swab; wash your face, pat it dry with a soft towel, then apply a little bit of the gel gently over the entire affected area. be careful to avoid the eyes, nostrils, mouth and any open wound. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after the application. If you are applying it once daily and forget an application, you can apply it as soon as you remember; but if you are applying it twice and remember a missed application rather late, then leave out the missed application and follow the normal regimen. Over-usage doesn’t help, and if you are applying the gel with a pledglet, throw it after a single use – don’t use it again for a second application.

If you have an allergy to Metronidazole, then Metrogel is not for you. Combined usage with anticoagulants like Warfarin, and anthelmintics like Mebendazole can cause serious side effects. Before beginning treatment with Generic Metronidazole, give your complete medical history to the dermatologist, informing the doctor about any ailments you’ve had, all the medicines you’re taking [including prescription, OTC, nutritional supplements, herbal products], any allergies you have [to any food/medicine/chemical/cosmetic], and if you are anemic. Metrogel will show proper results after about 8-10 weeks of use, but if there is no effect after you’ve used it for 12 weeks even, then you must inform the dermatologist. Pregnant or lactating women should consult their doctor before taking any medicine.

The gel is for external use only, and if it enters your eyes, it can be painful and cause a stinging sensation. in such a case, wash your eyes with plenty of water [with clean hands], but if the irritation persists, then call your doctor. Over-washing of the face should be avoided as too much rubbing can cause the pimples to burst, thus driving the bacteria further into the pores and spreading the infection. For women wanting to apply make-up, wait for at least 10 minutes after the application of the gel for it to dry, before patting in some foundation/cream on your face.

Women should check with the dermatologist about the cosmetics [foundations, lipsticks, eye shadow, blush-on] they should be using in this condition; while men could ask about the kind of razor that would be gentler on their skin. Skin care products that lend in making the skin more dry are a ‘No-No’, while you must also avoid cosmetics/shampoos/soaps that contain alpha hydroxy acid, benzoyl peroxide, topical exfoliants, toners, astringents, topical azelaic acid, alcohol, topical retinoids, triclosan, and acne or chemical peels. You have to protect yourself from strong lights and sunlight also – so take out that hat from the closet, put on your sunglasses, and use sunscreens; avoid the cold and windy weather as much as possible.

Metrogel has few side effects that could include: dryness, burning, stinging, redness, or itching. should these symptoms persist or worsen, or any other unusual symptoms appear like: aggravation of Rosacea, difficulty in breathing, chest uneasiness, hives, numbness of the hands/feet, or swelling in the face [mouth/lips/tongue], then you needs to contact the doctor at once, or seek medical help. Metronidazole is normally well-tolerated, and considered to be a revolutionary medicine for treating Rosacea, as studies have indicated that it can prevent the condition from recurring!

The gel should be stored at a room temperature of 15oC-30oC in a dry place, away from heat and moisture; to be kept safe from children and pets, too.

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