Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea
1. Facial blushing or flushing
The earliest sign of rosacea is often facial flushing. This appears as a temporary redness of the skin that comes and goes. It may be triggered by sun exposure, strenuous exercise, wind, hot beverages, spicy foods, or alcohol consumption.
If left untreated, this early stage of rosacea can progress to more severe symptoms, such as persistent redness and bumps on the face.
2. Visible veins
As rosacea progresses, the redness may become more permanent, and visible blood vessels may appear on the skin’s surface.
This is caused by inflammation and damage to the blood vessels in the skin. In some cases, these visible veins may indicate an underlying health condition, such as lupus or Crohn’s disease.
If you notice any changes in your skin, it is essential to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
3. Swollen bumps
Although rosacea is often considered a mild skin condition, it can cause significant discomfort and embarrassment. In some cases, the condition progresses to a more severe stage known as rhinophyma. This is characterized by the development of large, swollen bumps on the face. The bumps are usually red or purple and can be pretty painful. In addition, they can make it difficult to breathe, eat, or drink! Rhinophyma is a relatively rare condition, but it can be very debilitating.
Rhinophyma is often seen in men and occurs after years of untreated rosacea. See a doctor if you develop any bumps or swelling on your face, as this may be a sign of an underlying health condition.
4. Burning sensation
Many people with rosacea experience a burning or stinging sensation on their face. Inflammation of the skin is often a cause of this. In some cases, the burning may be so severe that it interferes with daily activities.
5. Eye problems.
Rosacea can also cause several eye problems. In some cases the condition may lead to inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis). This can cause redness, itchiness, and burning of the eyes. In severe cases blepharitis may also cause blurred vision.
In addition rosacea can cause conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids. This can cause redness, itching, and discharge from the eyes. If you experience any changes in your vision, or eye discomfort, you must see an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment Options for Rosacea
There are several different treatment options available for rosacea. The best way to treat your symptoms will depend on the severity of your condition and your individual preferences.
Topical treatments are often the first line of defense against rosacea flare-ups. These medications can help to reduce redness and inflammation, as well as any other associated symptoms. Common topical treatments include metronidazole, azelaic acid, erythromycin, and tacrolimus.
Oral medications may also be necessary to control rosacea symptoms. These can include antibiotics, such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline. In some cases isotretinoin may also be prescribed. This potent medication is typically only used in severe cases of rosacea that have not responded to other treatments.
Laser and intense pulsed light therapy are sometimes used to treat the redness associated with rosacea. These procedures target the blood vessels in the skin, which can help reduce inflammation and improve appearance.
If you struggle with rosacea, you must talk to your doctor about your treatment options. With proper care most people with rosacea can manage their symptoms and enjoy a good quality of life.
Blush & Grey Rosacea Treatment
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If you are struggling with rosacea, Blush and Grey can help. We offer a variety of treatments that can help to reduce symptoms and improve appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.