What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic disease that affects parts of the face and unfortunately, a cure is still unknown. However, continued research has allowed doctors to find possible ways to minimize its symptoms and eventually treat this condition. It can be identified by small, red, pus-filled bumps on the skin that are present during flare-ups.
Causes. (These are only theories and are not yet proven.)
- One of the most common theories is that Rosacea might be a component of a more generalized blood vessel disorder.
- Another theory is that the condition may have been caused by skin mites, fungus or a malfunction of the connective tissues under the skin.
1. Frequent flushing or blushing of the face.
This is often the first and maybe the only symptom for months or even years until more serious symptoms develop.
2. Persistent redness or Erythema of parts of the face
This is very similar to sunburn in appearance.
3. Small lumpy red spots and pimples.
These spots look extremely similar to acne, but there are no blackheads. And they tend to come and go in some cases. But they can persist for the long-term in some cases, and if they do it’s definitely time to reach out to a local dermatologist for a consult.
4. Visible blood vessels.
This is commonly called “telagiectasia” and they tend to become prominent on your face.
5. Eye symptoms
- A feeling that there’s something inside your eye
- Burning, itching or stinging sensation in your eyes.
- Sensitivity to light
- Eyelid inflammation, cysts or styes
6. Thickening of the skin.
This is an uncommon symptom that usually occurs in men. The most prominent example of this is an unsightly bumpy nose referred to as “rhinophyma”. These symptoms are usually focused on the central parts of your face – cheeks, forehead, nose, around your mouth and chin. In some cases, some parts of your scalp might also be affected. While there’s no cure for Rosacea, there are medical therapies available to control or reverse the signs and symptoms.
It is strongly advised to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or a Physician Assistant like Jaime T. Dunn at Associated Dermatologist if you suspect that you are suffering from this condition.