Rosacea

By-Meghan Parsell

Causes

The underlying cause has not been scientifically proven, but many believe it may be a vascular disorder because of the association with flushing, redness, and visible blood cells. Some physicians have also speculated that flushing may involve the nervous system, since it is triggered with people who are under emotional stress. Some other triggers are alcohol, spicy foods, sunlight, and hot foods.

Symptoms

The primary signs are

-Flushing

-Persistent redness

-Bumps & pimples

-Visible blood vessels


Other symptoms include

-Eye irritation

-Burning/stinging

-Dry appearance

-Plaques

-Skin thickening

-Swelling

-Signs beyond the face (neck, ears, chest)

There are 4 types of rosacea

Subtype 4: Eye Irritation (Ocular Rosacea)

Rosacea affects the eyes in many patients, and may result in a watery or bloodshot appearance, irritation and burning or stinging. The eyelids may also become swollen, and styes are common.

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Treatment & Prognosis

Rosacea can't be cured, but antibiotics or cream medication can help to control and reduce your symptoms. There is also laser surgery to reduce the redness and symptoms. If it is left untreated, it can worsen overtime. It is not fatal, but it is a reoccurring condition overtime.
Skin Disease & Disorders : How to Treat Rosacea

Life impacts

If it is severe enough, it can be embarrassing for certain people. It doesn't prevent most people from their everyday lives since there are creams and medications to help reduce it. Overall, the impact isn't too huge. There are foundations and cover-ups to reduce the appearance of most rosacea.

Support & Help

The best website for information on Rosacea is http://www.rosacea.org/. Also, there are support groups for people with it here https://rosacea-support.org/.

Sources

"Rosacea Types and Treatments." Rosacea Types and Treatment. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2016.

"National Rosacea Society Improving 16 Million Lives through Awareness, Education and Research." The Many Faces of Rosacea. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2016.

"Rosacea." Healthline. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2016.