Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that often presents itself as a tendency for the skin on the face to flush easily. If not treated, rosacea may develop into a persistent redness on the face, especially the nose, cheeks, forehead and ears, even on the back.
About 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, and may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Flushing and blushing
- Visible blood vessels
- Skin thickening
- Small bumps on the skin that look like tiny pimples
- Redness and irritation in the eye area
- Swollen eyelids
- Small sty-like lesions near the eye
Both men and women can get rosacea, though the disease does seem to affect more women, especially after age 30. People of English, Irish and eastern European ancestry seem to be at higher risk of developing rosacea.
No one knows exactly what causes rosacea, but its symptoms can be treated effectively. Midwest Dermatology focuses on:
- Helping patients identify personal lifestyle triggers such as:
- Weather changes
- Excessive sun exposure
- Alcohol consumption
- Eating spicy foods
- Treating patients’ symptoms with:
- Antibiotics (both creams and gels, and in pill form) that help decrease redness and the small pimples that sometimes accompany rosacea.
- Topical metronidazole, an agent that works at the DNA level, and helps clear rosacea symptoms.
- Laser therapy, where laser light is used to target the blood vessels under the skin, destroy them and cause the redness of rosacea to fade away.
It’s important that rosacea is treated as soon as it’s suspected and diagnosed. If left untreated, the condition can progress and the symptoms can worsen and remain instead of coming on and fading away.