Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects nearly 14 million Americans.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes red patches of skin to develop primarily in the face due to inflammation. It most commonly occurs in adults from the age of 30 to 50 and usually develops on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. For many, rosacea is a debilitating disease and can affect the emotional quality of life for individuals who suffer from the condition.
Rosacea Risk Factors
Although it is possible for anyone to develop rosacea, certain factors increase the likelihood of developing the condition. You may be more likely to develop rosacea if you:
- Are female
- Have fair skin
- Consume alcohol (alcohol causes flushing and redness in the face and can cause or worsen the condition)
- Are between the ages of 30 and 50
- Have a family history of the skin condition
Symptoms of Rosacea
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
- Facial redness – The central portion of the face is most likely to be affected by rosacea as the blood vessels in the area tend to swell up.
- Red bumps that resemble acne – In addition to developing swollen bumps that look similar to acne, the skin may feel tender and hot to the touch.
- Eye irritation and swelling – Rosacea can often cause eye dryness, irritation, and reddening of the eyelids.
Rosacea Diagnosis and Treatment
If you experience unexplained sudden flushing or redness of the face, contact a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment of the condition. While there aren’t specific tests that dermatologists conduct to diagnose rosacea, your doctor is likely to inquire about family history and perform a physical examination to identify affected areas.
Rosacea is a chronic condition in which there is no cure; however, Adena Dermatology offers a variety of treatments that help to control the condition and reduce bothersome symptoms. You may be prescribed antibiotics to combat inflammation, as well as prescription acne medication that can help clear up facial lesions. In more severe cases, surgical procedures such as laser surgery and electrosurgery may help reduce the visible swelling of blood vessels.
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