I took antibiotics when I was first diagnosed - because it was verging on stage 3. Since then however, or since my face went back to looking normal, I have been avoiding cheese, because every time I ate cheese, the redness and swelling (along with itching on my face- horrible!) would increase within an hour or two. And linger for days or weeks. Now I tell people that I am allergic to cheese, because I don't want to even tempt it.