Symptoms of Rosacea

These days there seems to be a fancy technical term for just about anything, especially when you get into the medical field. Rosacea, for instance, is a term for a chronic redness of the face (and sometimes the eyes), but it sounds like it could be the name of your charming relative. Great Aunt Rosacea, who pinches your cheeks, sometimes until there are pussy bumps on them. The technical definition is not too far off from that, actually, only it won’t bake for you or send money on your birthday. Symptoms of rosacea are easy to spot, and once you do, you can start treating them in an easy, safe way.

What are the Possible Symptoms of Rosacea?

To put it in terms that are easy to remember, if acne and a huge blush had a baby, they would name it Rosacea. The disease is commonly defined in phases. The first, pre-rosacea, is the ability to blush deeply from little to no provocation. After this initial deep red (think the color of blood) flush from chest to cheek, you may find that the redness does not go away after a while, and that it starts to develop bumps or pus filled papules. This is a general description of the condition, but it can have nuances and varieties depending on the individual in question.

What Spurs on Symptoms of Rosacea?

There are a number of factors and triggers that can spur on a flare up of rosacea. They can include lifestyle choices, changes in mood, and may even depend on the weather and temperature.

Facial redness and blushing is of course the number one most common indicator of a rosacea flare up. They may start off as intermittent and then over time start to become more persistent, particularly if left untreated. Bumps and pustules are also signifiers of the condition. In extreme cases of rosacea, red lines (known by doctors as telangiectasia) start to appear on the face because of dilated blood vessels. This can also bring on a stinging sensation that is not unlike a mild sunburn. One of the more extreme symptoms of rosacea is a peculiar thickening of the skin tissue around the nose. This is known clinically as rhinophyma, and tends to only be a prevalent symptom in men. It bears repeating that without taking proper care of these symptoms as soon as you are aware of them, your rosacea has a chance of dramatically worsening.

Mood and Emotion

It is relatively well known that rosacea can be brought on by a bout of stress or anxiety. But the effect of rosacea on a patient’s appearance can also bring on even more of an anxiety attack than what may have started it to begin with. It may not be life threatening, but along with scars on the face, rosacea can inflict a number of wounds on the psyche.

One study, conducted by the National Rosacea Society, reported that over three quarters of rosacea patients have had some psychological or emotional detriment after having been diagnosed with the condition. 42 percent of the responders admitted to feeling depressed because of their appearance, and close to 60 percent confessed that rosacea was one of their top three physical concerns for when they age. It was seconded only to weight gain, even though wrinkles, thinning hair, and high cholesterol were also listed as options. These same participants (nearly 1 out of every six) admitted that they took great pains to hide their condition, and stayed home from social outings in order to conceal a flare up.

Here, knowledge can definitely be power. Shedding light on the truth about rosacea makes it seem less frightening or traumatic. Patients who keep themselves informed are able to cope better, because they already know about complications or flare ups before they happen. As long as you follow your treatment plan closely, and keep an open communication with your doctor, your emotional health will start to become restored. When symptoms of rosacea are taken care of successfully, usually following long term medical care, one’s mental health and outlook on life tend to become sunnier.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you feel you may be experiencing any forms of mental distress, embarrassment, or depression. Your doctor can refer you to a number of skilled therapists and psychologists, who are well equipped to give you the care and listening ear that you need. Additionally, your doctor can also point you in the direction of any number of local self help groups. These are excellent resources, and proof that you are not alone in your fight.

In the meantime, it is also perfectly acceptable to explain, when embarrassed, exactly what is going on with your rosacea. This is a condition that is not widely understood by the general public, and thus attention and education need to be provided in whatever way necessary. If you feel uncomfortable from someone staring at you, simply approach them and provide information about your condition.


Rosacea of the Eyes

Inflamed eyes and eyelids (medically referred to as blepharitis) are a strong indicator that this disease may have developed into ocular rosacea. Usually this is characterized by redness, or a hot, sometimes gritty feeling, as though something were stuck in the patient’s eye. Like skin rosacea, the ocular variant is highly treatable, and treatment usually involves a once daily application of a topical antibiotic cream, as well as an oral antibiotic.

There are a lot of physical and emotional wounds that can be inflicted by a flare up of symptoms of rosacea. But do not lose hope- this disease can be managed. Doctors have a number of antibiotics and creams at disposal that can take such thorough care of rosacea, the condition may even go into remission. For the emotional scars, there are a number of expert psychologists and support groups. Learning as much as possible about what is happening to you is also a great way to maintain perspective on a condition that, whether you believe it or not, you can control.


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