Is Rosacea A Disease That Can Go Into Remission?


rosacea skinRosacea is a disorder of the skin on the face that is chronic and can be very disruptive in a person’s life.

It runs the gamut of low problematic irritation to very obvious and serious flare-ups that can be painful and very unattractive.

The condition usually begins after age 30, but it has been known to have begun at earlier ages in some cases. It’s initial characteristics begin with a redness on the face, nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

The redness may appear and disappear, and in some instances the redness may appear on the neck, scalp, chest, or ears. Over a period of time the redness will take on a deeper, more ruddy appearance and visible blood vessels may appear. It it is not treated, pimples and bumps can manifest, and the nose may grow bumpy from excess tissue that is growing.

This condition is termed rhinophyma. The eyes can also be affected, making them puffy, irritated and will be bloodshot and watery.

doctorAll different segments of a population can contract rosacea, but it tends to favor fair skinned people who blush easily. It is more frequently found in women than in men, but the symptoms generally are more severe in men.

There is actually no cure for this disease, but it can be controlled by medication and should be under the care of a dermatologist or other knowledgeable doctor.

Rosacea probably does not go into remission all by itself, other than when medical treatment is applied and lifestyle influences come into play. Times between flareups may seem like a remission, but these are simply times where the individual is between fare-ups.

Treatment for rosacea will vary from one individual to another because the disease will differ in the symptoms that are experienced by one person as opposed to another. Doctors can prescribe oral and topical medications that will help to take away the bumps and pimples, and there are topical therapies that reduce the redness of the skin.

Most doctors will prescribe an initial “shock” treatment with oral and topical treatment, and then initiate ongoing treatment to keep the condition under control on a long term basis. Frequent visits are necessary in order to check on progress and tailor the treatment as the disease progresses.

rosaceaVarious skin care treatments can also help keep the disease into a relative state of submission, and these would involve mild skin conditioning creams that moisturize the skin and provide nutrients.

Lifestyle situations can affect the flare-ups of rosacea such as temperature extremes, long exposure to sunlight, stress, anxiety, moving to a warm environment from a cold environment, and cold wind.

Foods and drink such as coffee, alcohol, hot tea, spicy foods, cheeses, pork products, and yogurt can also stimulate flare-ups of the disease.

Rosacea is more treatable now that it ever has been as medicine and day to day care can minimize its effects, but it still can be troublesome and lifestyle factors can be of great help as well in controlling its symptoms.


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