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What is Rosacea? Print E-mail
Written by Eli Smith   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Rosacea is a chronic inflammation that occurs on the skin of the face. It usually appears between the ages of 30 and 50.

What is going on in the body?

Rosacea results in blushing, enlarged blood vessels in the surface of the skin, red pimple-like bumps, and the thickening of the skin's oil glands. It primarily occurs over the middle face, nose, and cheeks.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. This disorder is common in people with fair skin, from Northern European ethnic backgrounds. A person with rosacea often has a history of reddened skin and acne, or pimples.
What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment of rosacea may include:
_ laser removal of the enlarged blood vessels
_ metronidazole, corticosteroids, or sulfur-based cream applied directly to the affected skin
_ oral antibiotics, especially tetracycline or minocycline
_ oral isotretinoin

What are the side effects of the treatments?
Side effects depend on the type of treatment chosen. Side effects are minimal with topical medicines or low doses of tetracycline, but may include allergic reactions and stomach upset.

What happens after treatment for the condition?
All visible signs of the skin condition may clear up with treatment. However, the general redness of the skin and easy flushing may not go away. Use of sunscreen outdoors can reduce the risk of further irritation of the skin.

How is the condition monitored?
The appearance of the skin can be monitored. Eye involvement may require frequent examination by an eye specialist if vision is affected. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.


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