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Intestinal Drug May Treat Rosacea

Occasionally, patients with enlarged blood vessels on their faces and unusually bulbous noses will schedule appointments to see Dr. Leonard Weinstock. But Weinstock is not a dermatologist. He's a founding partner of Specialists in Gastroenterology in Creve Coeur, Mo. Nevertheless, word has spread that he's had success treating the skin disorder, rosacea, with a drug typically used to treat gastrointestinal issues caused by small intestinal bacterial overgrowth commonly known as SIBO. "What's gaining ground is this theory that irritable bowel syndrome is related to rosacea," Weinstock said. Rosacea symptoms can range from minor aesthetic flare-ups to major...