Secondary signs include:
- Eye irritation
- Burning or stinging on the face
- Dry appearance
- Plaques (raised red patches)
- Skin thickening
- Signs beyond the face (most commonly on neck, chest, scalp and ears)
Who gets Rosacea?
It is estimated that 14 million Americans have this disease. Those most likely to be affected are adults between the age of 30-50 and those who have lighter skin, hair and eyes although any age or skin type can get Rosacea. Rosacea can be genetic and affects more women than men. Although they get this disease less than woman, it appears that men get a more severe form of Rosacea.
What causes Rosacea?
The cause of this skin condition is still somewhat of a mystery. Heredity and environmental factors seem to definitely play a part in the puzzle. Talk to your doctor about your specific skin condition.
What are some of the “triggers” of Rosacea?
Each individual with Rosacea will experience their own set of “triggers”, things that aggravate or bring on the symptoms of this condition. Some of the most common are heat, exercise, spicy food, alcohol, sun exposure, wind, cold weather, humidity and stress. Identifying these triggers can help control this disease and improve your quality of life.
What treatments are available?
Treatments for Rosacea vary depending on the symptoms present but range from topical medication, oral antibiotics, laser therapy and prescribed skin care regimens. Early detection and diagnosis can highly contribute to the control of the disease.
When should I visit my dermatologist?
If you have any of the followings symptoms, you may want to seek your dermatologist’s advice:
- Tendency to blush frequently or easily
- Noticeable flushing when you consume hot drinks, spicy foods or alcoholic beverages
- A redness or flushing that is more pronounced during extreme hot and extreme cold weather
- Extreme sensitivity when hairspray touches your face or when you use certain facial products, such as soap, moisturizers or cosmetics
- Persistent redness in the center of your face that has gradually involved the cheeks,forehead, chin and nose. Your ears, chest and back may also be affected
- Visible tiny blood vessels and pimples, without blackheads, on or around a reddened area on your face
Early treatment can help control the disease so visit with your physician if you have any of the above listed signs of Rosacea.
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Content developed with the help of the American Academy of Dermatology and the National Rosacea Society (Photos)