Rosacea is a skin disease that results in a red, pimply rash, often on the cheeks and other parts of the face.
What Symptoms are Associated with Rosacea?
In addition to skin redness and a rash, rosacea sometimes manifests with small, painful pimples in the affected areas. The skin may develop a thick, bumpy texture, especially on the nose. Some people develop edema caused by fluid accumulation under the skin. This condition can also cause vision problems, including burning in the eyes. Rosacea has a psychological component; people with this condition sometimes feel embarrassed or self-conscious at work or in social situations.
What Causes Rosacea?
Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes the symptoms associated with this condition. Experts believe the condition develops based on a combination of blood flow, bacterial exposure, microscopic skin mites, follicle irritation, severe sun damage and an immune system disorder.
Rosacea is most common among those older than age 30, those who are fair-skinned and who blush easily and those who have a family history of the condition. Other skin conditions may occur in conjunction with rosacea, including adult acne and seborrheic dermatitis. Often, symptoms worsen with exposure to a trigger such as exercise, hot, sunny or windy weather, stress, spicy foods and alcohol consumption.
How is Rosacea Diagnosed and Treated?
The presence of this condition is usually evident to a dermatologist because of the rash’s distinctive pattern. While there’s no cure for the condition, treatment can often relieve symptoms and keep it from worsening over time. Common treatment options include antibiotics or skin creams to prevent and treat the rash, laser and light treatments to reduce the appearance of redness and moisturizers and sunscreen to protect sensitive skin.
If you have rosacea, it’s also important to protect your face with high-SPF sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat when out in the sun. Avoid eating foods that cause your symptoms to worsen, and take measures to relieve stress, such as yoga, meditation or long walks. The hot flashes associated with menopause can also cause symptoms to flare, so if that’s an issue for you, it’s important to ensure that your menopause symptoms are also well-controlled.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
If you experience any unexplained skin rashes or growths, talk with Dr. Yeoman at the Dermatology Office, with locations in Poplar Bluff and Paragould. He can determine the underlying cause of the symptoms you’re experiencing and recommend a treatment option that works for your condition and lifestyle. Contact his office today to schedule a consultation.