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How Rosacea Is Treated Today With Modern Medicine

Updated on March 23, 2011

Rosacea is an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition that affects about fourteen million Americans to some degree. It generally begins in adulthood and lasts into late middle age. It is probably the most common skin problem after basic acne. The cause will eventually be found as will a cure. For now there is help.

The exact cause of Rosacea is not yet known though researchers are presently exploring several theories. The condition my be caused by a blood vessel disorder that causes the vessels in the face to swell. It may also be related to a chronic bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal system. This bacterial infection is known as H. Pylori. The third theory being investigated centers around tiny mites, known as Demodex, which live in the follicles of human hair. These can cause blockages in the oil gland openings.

Rosacea gives areas of the face a red flushed appearance almost as though the person were constantly blushing. It may show up as bumps or pustules around the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. These pustules are not the same as acne so if you have any concerns, visit your doctor. Victims of Rosacea may have small visible blood vessels on the nose and cheeks and in severe cases, the oil glands around the nose and cheek area will actually become enlarged and the nose will appear bulbous. There may be a burning gritty feeling in the eyes. The symptoms of Rosacea may come and go. Why, is not thoroughly understood.

Although there is at present no total cure for Rosacea, there are several medications, topical and internal that can help. Topical treatments are creams that reduce the redness and inflammation of the skin and reduce the incidence of the pustules. Internal medications, which may have some side affects, definitely work faster. Your physician will prescribe what is best suited to your condition so listen to his advice and follow it.

These are some things that you can do yourself to reduce flare-ups at home. Always wear sunscreen. Avoid becoming overheated. In winter keep a scarf around your face to protect it from bitter cold. Resist touching your skin and do not use any products on it that contain alcohol. Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol does not cause rosacea but it will increase flushing. If you use make-up look for creams and powders that have a green or yellow tint as this reduces the reddish appearance.

If you have any concern about your skin, visit your doctor and if necessary a dermetologist. Do not give up until you get all the best help available.


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