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Are you tired of dealing with troublesome rosacea? This chronic skin condition can often cause pain and discomfort, as well as feelings of self-consciousness and embarrassment. Fortunately, our expert dermatologists at Cumberland Skin in Hermitage, Tennessee, are experienced in developing personalized rosacea treatment plans to help our patients find much-needed relief!
Keep reading to learn more about this common skin condition and how the board-certified dermatologists at Cumberland Skin help patients better manage their rosacea with various treatment options.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by chronic inflammation that causes swelling and redness on the face, which may often look like deep blushing or a flushed appearance. As rosacea is a chronic condition, symptoms may not always be visible, flaring up for a period of time and eventually going away on their own.
There are a few different ways rosacea may show up on the skin. Rosacea is most commonly characterized by swelling and redness on the face, but it can also appear as visible blood vessels, a flushed appearance, and small, red bumps that may look similar to acne. Additionally, rosacea may flare up for a period of time and then go away.
Other symptoms of rosacea include:
- Stinging, burning skin
- Swollen, red bumps that may be filled with pus
- Rough, dry patches of skin
- A red, swollen nose
- Enlarged facial pores
- Numerous, visible blood vessels on the face
- Facial redness
- Bumps on the eyelids
- Dry/irritated eyes and eyelids
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please visit a board-certified dermatologist for a professional skin evaluation and diagnosis.
At the moment, dermatologists are unsure of the exact cause of rosacea. However, some researchers suggest rosacea may be caused by a few different things:
- Genetics – If parents have rosacea, their children are more likely to have it.
- Skin mites – Some people are more sensitive to a type of mite that naturally lives on the skin, which causes irritation and redness of the skin.
- H. pylori – A specific gut bacteria called H. pylori can cause the skin to look flushed.
Also, for some unknown reason, studies have shown women get rosacea more often than men, and some cases of this disorder have been associated with menopause.
Although rosacea is not always associated with itchiness, some people who have this chronic skin condition may experience uncomfortable itching during a rosacea flare-up. The itchiness is often due to the dry skin caused by rosacea, which can be alleviated with anti-itch topicals.
For more information on how to combat rosacea symptoms, please get in touch with one of our friendly dermatologists at Cumberland Skin in Hermitage, TN. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about rosacea!
Yes, there are four types of rosacea. And in many cases, people experience symptoms of more than one type. The four types of rosacea include:
- Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea
- Papulopustular Rosacea
- Phymatous Rosacea
- Ocular Rosacea
Interested in learning more about the different types of rosacea? Our experienced board-certified dermatologists are here to answer your questions. Get in touch with our Hermitage clinic.
No, there’s no evidence showing that rosacea is contagious.
Rosacea and eczema are both common skin conditions that cause uncomfortable symptoms, like inflammation, redness, and swelling. However, there are a few key differences between rosacea and eczema that can help you distinguish between the two.
For instance, rosacea usually occurs on the face as reddening of the skin, small bumps (similar looking to acne), thickened skin tender to the touch, irritation, and eye dryness.
Eczema, on the other hand, often shows up on other parts of the body, rather than the face; common locations include the hands, arms, legs or feet. Additionally, eczema is characterized by skin that is dry, cracked, or scaly and itchiness that may interfere with daily activities (such as sleeping). Also, eczema tends to be dryer than rosacea.
If you’re trying to determine whether you have rosacea or eczema, it’s best to visit an experienced dermatologist for a professional diagnosis and treatment plan.
Our board-certified dermatologists often recommend a combination of rosacea treatments personalized to the patient. This typically includes treatments like:
- Prescription gels and creams.
- Oral antibiotics.
- Cortisone creams.
- Laser treatments.
- Uncovering unique triggers.
- Lifestyle changes.
The key to successful management of rosacea is early diagnosis and treatment. It is also important to follow all of your dermatologist’s instructions. Rosacea can be treated and controlled when and if medical advice is sought in the early stages. When left untreated, rosacea will get worse and may be more difficult to treat.