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Drinkers Nose. How You Get Rosacea and What to Do If You Have a Purple Nose
Drinker's nose – is a purplish, cratered, enlarged and sometimes cauliflower-like nose that occurs as a result of decades of heavy drinking.
That's the story anyway, and when we see someone with this an enlarged red and cratered nose, we tend to pre-judge them as heavy drinkers. But the truth is that so called drinkers nose is not caused by alcohol at all, and that people who have abstained for life can still fall prey to the condition that is more accurately known as Rosacea.
So don’t judge that book by its cover! Too many Rosacea sufferers are unfairly labeled alcoholics, due to this popular misconception.
Is there any link between Rosacea and Alcohol?
While rosacea has been conclusively proven not caused by alcohol (it is a genetic condition, more common in fair skinned people of English or Scandinavian origins) alcohol will exacerbate the condition.
And so heavy drinkers or alcoholics that are predestined to rosacea do tend to become afflicted more severely than abstainers – and there is some legitimate association between rosacea and alcohol.
Can it be cured?
There is no cure for rosacea, but the disorder can be controlled through medical treatments, medications and lifestyle changes. Heavy drinkers are sometimes unable or unwilling to alter their lifestyle to avoid provoking their disorder, and so tend to show the condition more severely than teetotalers.
In addition to alcohol, rosacea can be aggravated by:
- Spicy food
- Sun (especially sun damage)
- Hot baths
- Hot drinks
- Certain foods (Avocados, certain cheeses, etc.)
- Alcohol containing skin care products
What to do if you have symptoms of rosacea
Rosacea typically emerges after the age of thirty. It is characterized by a persistent reddening of the face or nose, by irritated or runny eyes, by pimple like bumps on the face or forehead and visible blood vessels on the face.
According to the National Rosacea Society, the condition afflicts 14 million Americans, many of whom are not clinically diagnosed.
The disorder is not treatable, but through a combination of lifestyle changes and medical treatments is very controllable. The conditions is far more easily controlled if treated early, and so prompt diagnosis and the initiation of treatment is important.
78% (according to a Gallup poll survey) of Americans have never heard of the disorder. If you suspect you may suffer from rosacea, you should consult with a dermatologist for available treatments. Treatments include oral and topical antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, and in severe cases, surgeries. Lifestyle changes are an important aspect in the control of the condition.
- Rosacea - MayoClinic.com
Rosacea — Comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms, treatment of this chronic skin disease. Includes picture.
- Web MD Rosacea
- Rosacea.org: The National Rosacea Society
Home of the National Rosacea Society. A website about the medical condition Rosacea. Features information for patients, physicians, newsletter, research grants, press and a weblog.