How It Forms: Indicators and Symptoms of Rosacea
Types of Rosacea
- 1st subtype: Facial redness, or “erythematotelangiectatic rosacea”. This refers to rosacea that manifests as chronic redness or blushing in the face. Another sign of this subtype is the occurrence of visible blood vessels on the face.
- 2nd subtype: Pimples and bumps, or “papulopostular rosacea”. Again, this does not mean normal acne, but the kind that comes with rosacea: persistent and chronic redness along with pimples.
- 3rd subtype: Skin thickening, or “phymatous rosacea”. This subtype of rosacea manifests with thicker skin, usually around the center of the face and around the nose.
- 4th subtype: Eye irritation, or “ocular rosacea”. Ocular rosacea results in eyes that sting or burn, appearing bloodshot or watery and irritated.
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Treatment of Rosacea
Early diagnosis is important in treating rosacea so as to stop it from progressing. Likewise, treatment not only helps reduce symptoms and discomfort but can stop the condition from progressing so far that the skin has become disfigured. There are some specific treatments that will allow you to control rosacea, but unfortunately there is not yet a cure for it. Common treatments may be as complicated as having surgery or laser therapy for more advanced cases or as simple as making a few lifestyle modifications and using topical or oral medications like Oracea®, MetroGel®, or Finacea®. These treatments have proven successful in reducing the current symptoms of rosacea and in preventing it from getting worse. The worse this skin condition gets, the harder it is to treat it. Thus, a professional dermatologist will consider your condition and help you develop a treatment plan according to what subtype of rosacea you have, how severe a case it is, how previous treatments have gone, your type of skin, and your personal tastes or preferences. In some cases, multiple treatments may be prescribed together to treat rosacea, such as both a topical and an oral medication.