common, chronic (long term) condition in which
skin inflammation causes redness,
pimples & swelling appear on the forehead, chin
and cheeks (this area is commonly known as the T
The cause of rosacea isn't known. An over growth
of the stomach bacteria H. Pylori (which is
responsible for stomach ulcers), and sensitivity
to the skin mite
mite have both been suggested as causes.
Although not causes in themselves, it appears to
be triggered by various stimuli such as
environmental (sun exposure, hot or cold
weather, wind), stress, exercise, alcohol, hot
drinks, topical irritants, hot baths and certain
Light skinned women are more commonly affected
than men & it tends to occur in people between
the ages of 30 – 50.
several subtypes of rosacea;
Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea; flushing &
reddening of the affected areas.
rosacea; flushing & reddening with pustules
of the affected area.
rosacea; thickening and enlargement of the
skin & affected areas (typically the nose).
rosacea; redness & watering of the eyes.
Early symptoms of rosacea are flushing of the
face which becomes more & more frequent.
Eventually it progresses to the following;
Inflamed, red skin, the nose, cheeks &
forehead are most commonly affected.
(enlarged) capillaries on the skin (telangiectasia).
Greasy skin appearance.
Hard, pimple like bumps
bulbous nose (rhinophyma).
This is the result of enlarged sebaceous
granuloma. Men are most commonly affected.
once believed that heavy drinking lead to
what is commonly referred to as "drinkers
nose", this is not the case, although
alcohol does aggravate the condition.
can also be affected, causing redness and
watering. This is known as ocular rosacea.
There is no
cure for rosacea. Avoidance of known
triggers such as alcohol, spicy foods etc., is
the first course of action and may be all that
is required in mild cases. Other treatments may
antibiotics such as tetracycline or topical
antibiotics such as
metronidazole to reduce
treatment to treat broken capillaries.
CO2 lasers to
remove excess tissue on the nose.
yourself from sun exposure. Wear sun creams
& a wide rimmed hat.
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