April is Rosacea Awareness Month

Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that often presents as flushing or redness on the face, especially on the cheeks and nose. There are different types of rosacea, and some people may have small, red, pus-filled bumps. In severe cases, particularly in men, the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue; this is termed rhinophyma. Some patients may also have ocular rosacea, which affects their eyes. Signs and symptoms of rosacea can vary, change over time, and come and go. Although there is no cure for rosacea, treatment at Florida‘s Skin Wellness Physicians can help patients to manage and reduce the signs and symptoms.

Rosacea most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 60. It is more common in women and fair-skinned individuals, but can affect anyone. In most people, rosacea comes periodically, but in some individuals, it can worsen with time. There are multiple theories regarding the cause of rosacea, including genetic, environmental, vascular, and inflammatory factors. Skin damage due to chronic exposure to ultraviolent radiation also plays a role. While the exact cause is not fully understood, there are many known triggers that cause rosacea to flare. Triggers include stress, sunlight, alcohol (especially red wine), spicy foods, exercise, and hot showers.

There are many different treatment options for rosacea, depending on the type and severity of symptoms. Possible treatment options include topical prescription creams, oral medications, or a combination approach. Patients with dilated blood vessels/persistent redness typically benefit the most from laser treatment. Although this is not covered by insurance, a series of treatments can often provide relief of symptoms for years. 

Rosacea can be an embarrassing condition and it is best to see your dermatology provider to confirm diagnosis and individualize your treatment needs! Contact us online or by phone (239.732.0044) to set up a consultation or learn more.

Source: National Rosacea Society

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