Rosacea is a chronic disease which usually first appears as subtle reddening
on the face. It is usually focused on the center of the face.
Rosacea commonly starts on the nose and spread outwards to include the cheeks,
chin and forehead.
Over time this may develop into some inflammation
and may be accompanied by skin eruptions. If left untreated, rosacea can
worsen over time and even affect the eyelids and mucous membranes.
• Flushing or blushing that occurs easily and often and lasts longer than normal.
• Rashes and redness on part or all of the face. Often has the appearance
of sunburn and may become worse over time.
• Visible red lines on the face called telangiectasis. These lines are caused by
broken blood vessels.
• A bright red central face, capillary prominence and eruptions
mark full-blown Rosacea.
• White pustules with rare occurrence of blackheads.
• Burning or stinging sensations with strong senitivity
to many topical preparations.
Stages of rosacea:
At the very beginning of the disease, patches of redness appear, usually in
the center of the face or on the cheeks. This can be mistaken for rosy cheeks
or a harmless change in complexion. However, the redness does not go away.
The progress of the disease can be interrupted by periods of remission,
which means that the symptoms calm down and seem to go away.
These cycles of flare-ups and remissions are common in rosacea.
It is unfortunate, but the remission periods are often followed by a worsened
period of activity — a return of the pimples, redness, nose bumps, etc
— when the disease is left untreated.
Symptoms ordinarily develop in the following order:
First, the redness and pimples,
then the visible blood vessels, and then the nose bumps. Rosacea can also involve
the eyes, mucous membranes and connective tissue beneath the skin.
The symptoms of rosacea often mimic acne and sunburn.
For this reason, it is often left untreated in its early stages.
However, early and effective treatment can stop the progress of the disease.
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