WHAT IS ROSACEA AND WHAT ARE ITS SYMPTOMS

Rosacea is a very common skin problem that millions of people have to deal with everyday. This condition will persist until it is given proper medical and personal care. It usually presents itself in people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old and women are more prone to developing the condition than men. Most people mistake Rosacea for sunburn because the red patches begin forming very slowly at first.

SYMPTOMS OF ROSACEA

People who suffer from rosacea usually suffer from symptoms such as patchy redness and inflammation in various parts of the face, including the:

• Cheeks
• Nose
• Forehead

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN ROSACEA WORSENS OR GOES UNTREATED

If you let the condition worsen or more still, it goes untreated, the redness becomes more severe and visible. There are also cases wherein people notice a stinging or burning feeling in the affected areas. Rosacea is also characterized by small red solid bumps, called papules, and pus-filled pimples, called pustules. Rosacea can be deceptive and can sometimes be mistaken for acne, since the symptoms are very similar.

In severe cases, where rosacea is completely ignored, small blood vessels called telangiectasias may become visible. This skin condition can also affect your day to day life as it can cause you to feel insecure and reduce your confidence.

Blushing causes the blood vessels in a rosacea affected face to look like thin, red lines. People can also be affected by ocular rosacea wherein their eyes can become red, and develop a burning sensation. A large portion of the face can be affected by this ailment and in advanced stages, the skin will swell and men can be affected by rhinophyma where small bumps develop on the nose and the nose may look swollen and red in color.

The disease takes form in each individual in different ways. One needs to find out one’s own trigger points and deal with it separately. Some triggers can be cold weather, wind, some skin care products, and alcohol.

TREATING ROSACEA

Despite the advancements in medical technology, scientists have not yet found a cure for rosacea, but there many ways to control how it spreads and slows down its quick progression. There are many topical creams, gels, medications, and laser treatments which can go a long way to help reduce redness as well. As mentioned earlier each person reacts differently to the skin condition and a customized treatment and medication can help ease the problem.

In order to deal with the problem in an appropriate manner, you should seek out a cosmetic physician who will help you get the accurate diagnosis. It is only then that this skin condition will be treated properly.

There are ways through which a certified medical professional can help reduce the advancement of rosacea. It is best to use products which specifically target rosacea, or products that are meant especially for sensitive skin. One should also avoid harsh ingredients, a lot of exfoliation, and very hot water when washing the affected areas.

CONTACT OUR OFFICE

Interested in learning more about how to treat rosacea? Dr. Sharon Gertzman, an experienced physician, can help you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation today!

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