Rosacea, a condition that causes the skin to look inflamed and red, usually presents across the cheeks and nose. It is often confused with other skin ailments but may be treated and managed if diagnosed correctly. OneSkin Dermatology in Chambersburg, PA utilizes many innovative solutions, such as laser treatment, to lighten skin and decrease the signs of this chronic condition. Rosacea can happen to almost anybody, but it is particularly prevalent among middle-aged and elderly women with light skin. Rosacea is a skin disease with no true cure, but it's possible to manage the symptoms. When left untreated, it may worsen over the years, causing symptoms to persist and flare up for weeks at a time. Rachel Day, M.D. will examine your skin for symptoms and create a customized treatment plan to keep them at bay.
Though the precise cause of the condition is unknown, it is thought to be brought on by a combination of environmental and hereditary elements. Individuals of Scandinavian or Celtic ancestry appear to have a greater tendency to develop rosacea. Patients with this diagnosis often have other relatives who suffer from severe acne or rosacea. Individuals who have bad acne have a greater chance of developing this condition. Some specialists think it's possible an overactive immune system may lead to rosacea, though these theories have not been demonstrated to be entirely supported.
Individuals with rosacea find there are a number of elements that can aggravate the condition because they raise the blood circulation to the top of the skin. These things may include spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks, sun exposure, extreme temperatures, hot showers and/or baths, anxiety, anger, embarrassment, overexertion, and specific drugs.
Indicators of rosacea may range from moderate to severe. The most obvious indication of rosacea is redness of the face. In the majority of individuals, the central part of the face is clearly red. The blood vessels of the cheeks and nose may swell and be obvious. Other signs include swollen and red bumps on the face, which can look like acne. At times, the lumps contain a discharge. The skin may also feel tender and hot to the touch. Roughly half of rosacea sufferers have eye issues, including dry eye, irritation, and red, swollen eyelids. In rare situations, your nose can look swollen as the condition can cause the skin on your nose to thicken, leading to a bulbous look.
Even though there's no existing cure for rosacea, there are lots of treatment choices available. Antibiotics can assist with flare-ups. Dr. Day may provide medicine in a capsule form or as a cream, gel, or lotion. Pills tend to be much more successful in providing rapid results but can cause more side effects. If antibiotics are not effective, acne medications, like isotretinoin, may work for many patients. Surgery may be needed in circumstances where the symptoms, like enlarged blood vessels or discoloration, become irreversible through other methods. Laser procedures or electrosurgery may be utilized to minimize the look of blood vessels and to eliminate excess tissue buildup across the nose.
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Rosacea not only causes physical symptoms but also psychological ones. Many rosacea sufferers feel anxious in public and fear social interaction because of the redness. If you think you may have rosacea, please contact OneSkin Dermatology to schedule an appointment so you can put the worry behind you. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Day is knowledgeable about innovative remedies and can offer help and hope to patients with rosacea in the Greater Chambersburg, PA area.