Symptoms of rosacea?
Symptoms often begin with episodes of flushing, where the skin turns red for a short period, but other symptoms can develop as the condition progresses, such as: · burning and stinging sensations · permanent redness · spots (papules and pustules) · small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible Rosacea is a relapsing condition, which means there are periods when symptoms are particularly bad, but less severe at others.
How will you diagnose rosacea?
Your skin will be examined and you will be asked about your symptoms and any possible triggers you may have. In some circumstances your GP may arrange further tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as lupus or the menopause. For example, these could be a blood test or skin biopsy, where a small scraping of skin is removed and examined.
What causes rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, although a number of possible factors have been suggested, including abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face and a reaction to microscopic mites commonly found on the face. Although they're not thought to be direct causes of the condition, several triggers have been identified that may make rosacea worse. These include: · exposure to sunlight · stress · strenuous exercise · hot or cold weather · hot drinks · alcohol and caffeine · certain foods, such as spicy foods
How is it treated?
There's currently no cure for rosacea, but treatment can help control the symptoms. Long-term treatment is usually necessary, although there may be periods when your symptoms improve and you can stop treatment temporarily. For most people, treatment involves a combination of self-help measures and medication, such as: · avoiding known triggers – for example, avoiding drinks containing alcohol or caffeine · creams and gels – medications applied directly to the skin to reduce spots and redness · oral medications – tablets or capsules that can help clear up more severe spots, such as oral antibiotics In some cases procedures such as laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment may be helpful. These involve beams of light being aimed at the visible blood vessels in the skin to shrink them and make them less visible.
We understand how frustrating it can be if you suffer from rosacea, especially if the symptoms are severe and we can offer treatment options that can be effective against the rashes and spots. These include topical creams, antibiotics and laser treatment.