Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic disorder of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Over time, the redness tends to become persistent and visible blood vessels may appear.

While there is no cure for rosacea and the cause is unknown, medical therapy is available to control or reverse its signs and symptoms. Individuals who suspect they may have rosacea are urged to see a physician for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

What does it look like?

Rosacea can vary substantially from one individual to another. Most common features are:

Flushing :

This facial redness may come and go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.

Persistent Redness :

Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.

Bumps and Pimples :

Small red solid bumps may resemble acne, blackheads are absent and burning or stinging may occur.

Visible Blood Vessels:

In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin.

Swelling:

Facial swelling, known as edema may occur.

How is Rosacea Treated?

Because the signs and symptoms of rosacea vary from one patient to another, treatment must be tailored by a physician for each individual case. Various oral and topical medications may be prescribed to treat the condition. When appropriate, treatments with lasers and intense pulsed light sources may be used to remove visible blood vessels, reduce extensive redness or correct disfigurement of the nose.

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