A chronic skin and eye condition, rosacea’s symptoms include redness and pimples in the early stages and thickened skin and sometimes an enlarged nose in the advanced stages. People with this condition experience frequent facial flushing, accompanied by swelling or burning. Although doctors are still exploring the cause for this condition, it is clear that the blood vessels in afflicted people dilate far more easily than normal, which stimulates many of the symptoms.
When rosacea affects the eyes, people experience dryness, itching, burning sensations and swelling in and around their eyes. Some also complain of light sensitivity and blurred vision. In most cases, outbreaks of rosacea occur around the facial areas. Many doctors believe that heat exposure, strenuous exercise, stress, alcohol consumption, and spicy foods may all contribute to increased redness.
While avoidance of triggering factors and good sun protection is key, treatment is usually indicated. There are now more treatment options available depending on the individual presentation, including topical and oral medications as well as laser or electro-surgery for more severe or persistent cases. Our board-certified Dermatologists typically can find the most effective plan for you.