Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects mainly the face. The first signs of rosacea may be redness or blushing that comes and goes initially. Over time, the redness may become persistent and more visible.The most common sites for symptoms are the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Sometimes, rosacea may involve the eyes as well, and include symptoms such as blood-shot eyes that feel gritty. Over half of rosacea sufferers may experience eye symptoms.
HOW IS ROSACEA DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose rosacea, a dermatologist examines the skin and eyes. Your dermatologist also will ask questions. In many cases, simple visual inspection by a trained health care professional is sufficient for diagnosis. In other cases, particularly when pimples or redness on less-common parts of the face is present, a trial of common treatments is useful for confirming a suspected diagnosis.
HOW IS ROSACEA TREATED?
Treatment for rosacea focuses on controlling signs and symptoms. Most often this requires a combination of skin care and prescription treatments. The duration of your treatment depends on the type and severity of your symptoms. The type of medication your doctor prescribes depends on what signs and symptoms you're experiencing. Laser therapy may help reduce the redness of enlarged blood vessels. Other options for treating visible blood vessels and changes due to rhinophyma are dermabrasion, intense pulsed light therapy and electrosurgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rosacea is most often misdiagnosed or mistaken for allergic reactions or acne.