Rosacea, the Blushing Disease
Rosacea is sometimes dismissed as a blushing disease, but it is much more than that.
Rosacea is a gradual disease. The disorder usually begins with a tendency to blush easily, then progresses over several years to include persistent facial redness (inflammation) and tiny pimples on the forehead, cheeks and chin. This progressive vascular disorder causes the area of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids to become inflamed. The resulting condition includes symptoms of redness, prominent blood vessels, swelling, and skin eruptions similar to acne.
Rosacea begins in adulthood, usually in the third decade of life or later. The disorder predominantly affects fair-skinned people, mostly those of northern European ancestry, although individuals of any race may be affected. It is also more common in women.
Rosacea patients often experience increased redness (erythema) on the central areas of the face, when the blood vessels in the face expand. This can be caused by numerous factors such as ultraviolet radiation, heat, cold, exercise, chemical irritation, strong emotions, alcoholic beverages, hot drinks, and spices. These are the more common triggers for Rosacea flare-ups.
To keep flare-ups to a minimum, avoid spicy foods, alcohol, hot showers, sunburn and emotional stress, whenever possible.
More extreme cases of Rosacea see the development of bumps (papules) and pimples (pustules), eye and lid involvement (redness) and enlargement of the nose (rhinophyma). The changes brought about by Rosacea are typically limited to the upper body - the cheeks, chin, nose, eyes, forehead and, in bald people, the scalp.
Rosacea starts out with mild prolonged blushing, which eventuallly can become a permanent redness. Here is a list of symptoms sufferers rof Rosacea face:
- Facial flushing.
- Facial redness - This is caused by hundreds of tiny dilated blood vessels near
the surface of the facial skin.
- Facial telangiectasia - These are tiny broken blood vessels that are
permanently fixed in the dilated state.
- Facial skin
- Lumpy-bumpy facial
- Facial papules - Facial papules are small, red bumps about the size of a
- Facial pustules - Facial pustules are small red bumps with
- Facial burning
- Facial swelling.
- Rhinophyma - Rhinophyma is a form of rosacea that is characterized
by chronic redness, inflammation, and increased tissue growth (thickened
skin) of the nose.
- Ocular symptoms - Symptoms include inflammation of the eye surface, inflammation of the eye lids, scales or crusting on eye lids and eye lashes, blockage of the meibomian glands (blepharitis), dry eye syndrome, excessive tearing and blood shot eyes.
The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown, although there maybe a relationship between the disorder and an imbalance of intestinal bacteria. There is no direct cure for this condition either. But there are many things you can do to mitigate the symptoms of Rosacea, from changing your diet, learning to avoid the triggers for flare-ups, avoiding certain perfumes and lotions, skincare routines and particular medical treatments for Rosacea.
For a good resource on how to reverse the effects of Rosacea, check out Overcoming Rosacea.
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