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Living With Rosacea

Rosacea and Your Treatment Options

Rosacea, although a physically harmless condition, can cause a good deal of emotional torment in sufferers. Rosacea is a chronic condition and those with it are forced to endure a lifetime of looking “different.” Many people strive for flawless skin and rosacea is something that will appear as an obvious flaw on large parts of face.

Rosacea appears as a redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose or forehead. It can also, in certain cases, affect the neck, chest, ears and scalp. There are four types of rosacea that can affect people. It is also almost three times more common in women than men and often occurs between the ages of 30 and 60.

The Types of Rosacea

It possible for those suffering from rosacea to have more than one subtype of the disorder present at one time. The subtypes include:

• Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea-this subtype results in permanent redness and makes individuals much more probe to blushing and flushing. There is also a possibility for small blood vessels to appear visibly near the surface of the skin. These vessels sometimes cause a burning or itching sensation.

• Papulopustular rosacea-this subtype causes a degree of permanent redness with red bumps. Some of these bumps are pus filled and can easily be confused with acne.

• Phymatous rosacea-this type of rosacea causes thickening skin, irregular surface nodularities and enlargement.

• Ocular rosacea-this subtype causes red, dry and irritated eyes and eyelids. It can be accompanied by itching and burning.

Diagnosing and Treating Rosacea

The majority of people with rosacea will never be formally diagnosed as it only affects them mildly. But those with much more severe rosacea may elect to have it treated. Treatment for rosacea varies widely from patient to patient based on the particular subtype they suffer from and their particular skin type.

There are a number of cosmetic make ups that are used to offset redness and many people with mild rosacea rely on such products to keep the disorder somewhat in check visually. Others may opt for medications which can temporarily reduce redness. Unfortunately, these medications generally only work for a limited amount of time and the redness will reappear not long after starting it.

One of the best available treatments for rosacea is laser or Intense Pulsed Light treatment. This route is often quite expensive, however.

For more information on rosacea, visit the website of the Austin cosmetic dermatologists at Zimmet Vein & Dermatology.

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