There are quite a few skin diseases that produce similar symptoms. Therefore, it can be difficult for a person to tell on their own which of these diseases is actually causing said symptoms. That being said, it is important for people to identify the reason behind their skin condition in order to effectively treat or cure the skin disorder.
An example of one of these skin conditions is rosacea. This condition is characterized by facial redness. Most sufferers will see symptoms around the center part of their face. It is not uncommon for sufferers to notice a swelling of the blood vessels on their nose and cheeks. These blood vessels become more prominent and can detract from the patient’s appearance.
Acne-like bumps are also common. People will develop these pimple-like blemishes on their face. If they squeeze or pop them, they will see that these little bumps have pus. An individual who has these acne-like bumps connected to rosacea can experience skin that feels hot and tender to the touch.
Many rosacea sufferers complain about eye irritation. Their eyes might be dry, they might swell and their eyelids may always be red. Interestingly, many patients will experience the eye conditions before they experience the skin conditions associated with rosacea.
In some extreme cases, an individual will see a thickening of their nose skin. As a result, their nose will look bulbous. These symptoms are seen more often in male patients than in female patients.
The causes of this condition are still unknown. Experts believe that a mixture of hereditary and environmental factors come into play to create the conditions that allow the symptoms to develop. Contrary to negative stereotypes, there is no connection between rosacea and a person’s hygiene. A person can be very hygienic and still develop the condition. Conversely, an individual can have a very unhygienic lifestyle and never have a problem with rosacea.
While experts do not fully understand why the condition develops, they have been able to identify some factors that can trigger the symptoms. Some of these factors are drinking hot beverages and eating spicy foods. There has also been a link between alcohol consumption and symptoms.
Other forces that can trigger rosacea include things like sunlight, extreme wind or fluctuations in temperature. Anything that causes blood to rush to the face may trigger symptoms. For this reason, a person may have a flare-up after experiencing strong emotions or after a very intense and vigorous workout. If you use cosmetics and drugs that affect the blood dilation of the skin, these have also been connected to flare-ups.
Anyone is at risk for developing rosacea. However, there are a few factors that make it more prominent. For example, if you have a family history of the disease, it is more likely that you will get it. A person with fair skin and sun-damaged skin is more likely to get the disease than an individual who has darker skin. The condition usually affects individuals who are over 30 years of age.
If you have rosacea, Dr. Gupta at The Dermatology, Laser and Vein Center can help you treat and manage your disease. Her office is located in Cincinnati. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.