What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects the surface of the skin. The symptoms of rosacea often get mistaken for other problems, including acne, eczema or an allergic reaction.
While rosacea symptoms are sometimes mistaken for another condition, it is not an uncommon problem. There is currently no cure for this problem but several topical creams and medications, such as oral antibiotics, are available to lessen the physical signs and symptoms of rosacea.
Rosacea is more common in women, particularly when they are over the age of 30. However, men who get this rosacea may suffer from it more severely.
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but certain types of food and drink (such as spicy food or alcohol) can exacerbate the problem. Being exposed to the sun can also make this condition worse.
You can buy treatment for the symptoms of rosacea from Medicine Direct following an online consultation with one of our registered doctors. They will assess your symptoms and prescribe the most appropriate medication for you.
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The initial signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
- Facial redness (flushing) across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin that comes and goes
- A burning or stinging sensation when you wash your face with water or use any skincare products
The skin redness may be more difficult to see if you have darker skin.
As the condition gets worse, the physical symptoms will remain on the surface of the skin all the time.
You may also have the below symptoms:
- Tiny broken blood vessels that do not go away
- Small red bumps which may be pus-filled
- Dry skin
- Yellow-orange patches on the skin
- Swelling, particularly around the eyes
- Thickened skin, particularly around the nose
- Sore eyelids or crust around the eyelashes
Types of rosacea
There are four different types of rosacea: rosacea ETR, acne rosacea, thickening skin and ocular rosacea. Each of these subtypes have different symptoms.
Symptoms of rosacea ETR
- Sensitive skin
- Swollen skin
- Dry, rough, scaly skin
- Broken blood vessels, which you can see on the skin's surface
- Flushing/redness in the centre of the face
- Stinging and burning sensation of the skin
Symptoms of papulopustular (acne) rosacea:
- Oily skin
- Sensitive skin
- Broken blood vessels you can see on the skin's surface
- Raised patches of skin
- Acne-like breakouts with very red skin
Signs hymatous rosacea (thickening of the skin)
- Visible broken blood vessels
- Thick skin on nose
- Large pores
- Skin has a bumpy texture
- Thick skin on your forehead, ears, chin and cheeks
Signs of ocular rosacea:
- Eyes feeling gritty
- Bloodshot, watery eyes
- Cysts on the eyes
- Decline in vision
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Eyes becoming sensitive to light
- Broken blood vessels on the eyelids
- Burning or stinging of the eyes
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it is known that there are certain elements that can trigger rosacea to flare up on the face.
The common triggers of rosacea:
- Hot drinks
- Spicy foods
- Aerobic exercise, such as running
- Environmental factors, such as extreme temperatures
- Exposure to sunlight or wind
- Cosmetic and skin care products
- Drugs that dilate blood vessels, such as medications for blood pressure
Often, you are more likely to develop rosacea if any of the below apply to you:
- You are a woman
- You are over the age of 30
- You have a family history of rosacea
- You smoke
- You have light skin, especially if it has been damaged by the sun
No diagnostic test exists for rosacea. Your doctor will diagnose you with this problem based on an examination of your skin and asking you some questions about the history of your symptoms.
They may conduct some tests to rule out any skin diseases or other conditions you may be suffering from, such as eczema, psoriasis or lupus. Rosacea can sometimes be mistaken for a different condition, so doing this will help to rule out a false diagnosis or treatment method that will not be appropriate.
If you have any eye symptoms (ocular rosacea), you may be referred for an evaluation by an eye specialist.
Unfortunately, a cure for rosacea does not currently exist. However, there are various topical treatments and anti-inflammatory medications available to ease rosacea symptoms. In most cases, these symptoms can be controlled by using a combination of quality skin care products and prescription medicine.
Often, rosacea symptoms may reoccur, so how long you will need treatment for will depend on the type of rosacea you have and the severity of your case. Severe cases may require prolonged treatment. Your doctor will provide you comprehensive medical advice on the duration of your treatment.
Various prescription treatments for people with rosacea are available:
- Topical creams and gels to reduce the redness may be prescribed, such as Finacea gel which contains azelaic acid that can help to improve redness and pimples of milder cases over the course of weeks. Other topical medicines can work to reduce red facial skin by constricting the blood vessels. This type of medicine only constricts the blood vessels temporarily, so you will need to regularly apply the topical treatment in the long-term to prevent flare ups.
- Your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics to help with the acne-like symptoms of rosacea, such as the bumps and pimples. In severe cases of rosacea, where you have tried other treatments and they have not reduced the flushing and pimples, your doctor may prescribe you oral antibiotics for acne, such as isotretinoin. This powerful medicine has anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it can help to clear up the acne-like symptoms that come with rosacea, particularly in acne rosacea.
Certain light-based therapies, such as laser treatment, are may also help to ease the flushing (redness) of enlarged blood vessels that occurs in cases of rosacea.
To maintain the benefits of this type of treatment, you may need to repeat the procedure in the future.
Light0based therapies like laser treatment should never be done by anyone other than a certified medical professional.
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This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.
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