Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness and swelling; it can also affect the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back. Eye symptoms (ocular rosacea) are also reported by nearly half of those people suffering from rosacea.
One of the first symptoms you may notice from rosacea is a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition progresses to persistent redness, pimples, and visible, threadlike blood vessels (telangiectasias) in the center of the face. These skin changes can eventually spread to the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Rosacea occurs most commonly in people 30 to 50 years of age. Although women are more likely to have rosacea, men tend to suffer more severe forms.
Although there is no cure for rosacea, a variety of treatments will reduce its appearance and prevent further progression. If allowed to worsen over a long period, rosacea may become more difficult to treat, and it could take longer to see positive results. Treatments include oral and topical medications, lifestyle modifications, laser and light therapies, and surgical procedures (used mostly for advanced cases). Our dermatologists may prescribe these treatments individually, or in combination for better results.
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