Rosacea is an all-too-common, chronic skin condition that affects up to 10 percent of the population, although many people are unaware that they have it. Affecting the face, causing redness and the formation of small, pus-filled bumps similar to acne, is only part of the havoc rosacea can cause sufferers; not to mention, emotional distress. Rosacea typically affects fair-skinned women between 30 and 60 years of age. It can first appear during menopause, and is more prevalent in people with a family history of the condition.
What triggers my rosacea?
Rosacea symptoms, tend to worsen periodically as a result of triggers such as spicy foods, alcoholic beverages, extreme temperatures, excessive sunlight, anger, embarrassment, stress, strenuous exercise, or certain medications.
Although the specific causes of rosacea are unknown, a combination of hereditary and environmental factors appears to be involved.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Common symptoms of rosacea include redness, flushing or blushing easily, small red bumps, visible blood vessels, burning or stinging, irritated eyes, and red or swollen eyelids. These symptoms are usually visible on the nose, cheeks, mouth and forehead; they occasionally spread to the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Symptoms typically come and go, flaring up for weeks or months, and then fading for a period of time. They tend to worsen as the condition progresses, and are sometimes used to distinguish its four stages.
Does rosacea go away on its’ own?
If left untreated, rosacea symptoms may continue to worsen, and could potentially cause permanent skin damage. Some patients develop a form of the disorder that affects the eyes (ocular rosacea), which may affect vision.
In late rosacea, patients may develop a complication called rhinophyma in which facial tissue builds up and hardens, causing the nose to enlarge and become bulbous. This complication is more common in men than women.
How is rosacea treated?
Tragically, there is no cure for rosacea, however, several treatments are available to relieve symptoms. Topical ointments, acne medications, laser therapy, and electrosurgery are all medical treatments that can be used to target rosacea, depending on the severity of one’s condition. If the patient is suffering from symptoms of ocular rosacea, oral antibiotics and steroid eye drops may be prescribed.
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