What is Rosacea?
Rosacea, a condition that causes the skin to appear red and inflamed, is common across the nose and cheeks. Often, rosacea is confused with other skin issues, but the condition is manageable if diagnosed correctly. Clear Lake Dermatology in League City and Webster, TX offers several advanced solutions, including laser therapy, to lighten the skin and reduce the symptoms. Rosacea can happen to anyone, but it often affects middle-aged and older women with light skin. Rosacea has no cure, but we can help you manage it. If left untreated, it can worsen over time, causing symptoms to persist and flare up for weeks at a time. With two convenient locations near Clear Lake in the Greater Houston area, our dermatologists can examine your skin and develop a customized treatment plan for you.
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What causes rosacea?
Though the exact cause of the rosacea is unknown, most dermatologists think the condition is caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. People with Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry appear to be more prone to rosacea. Those with relatives who suffer from rosacea also have an increased chance of inheriting it. Additionally, people with bad acne have a greater chance of developing rosacea. Scientists believe that autoimmune issues can trigger rosacea, especially when someone with an autoimmune disorder is exposed to certain bacteria or even dust mites.
Because the condition increases blood circulation to the top of the skin, many things can aggravate rosacea, including spicy foods, alcohol, hot beverages, sun, extreme temperatures, hot baths or showers, stress, anger or embarrassment, overexertion, and specific medications.
Symptoms of Rosacea
Symptoms of rosacea range from mild to severe. The most obvious indication of rosacea is facial redness. In most patients, the redness appears in the center of the face. The blood vessels in their cheeks and nose may swell and become visible. Other symptoms include swollen, red bumps on the face that look like acne. Sometimes, the lumps are pus-filled. Their skin can also feel hot and tender to the touch. Many patients also have eye problems, such as eye irritation, dryness, and reddened, swollen eyelids. In rare cases, a patient's nose will appear swollen because rosacea can also cause the skin on your nose to thicken, leading to a bulbous appearance.
Unfortunately, at this point, rosacea has no cure; however, we offer a variety of treatment options, such as antibiotics, that help with inflammation. We can prescribe oral medication or a topical cream, lotion, or gel. Medicine tends to provide fast results, but it may also have additional side effects. If antibiotics aren't effective, acne medications like isotretinoin have effectively worked for many patients. Surgery may be required if the symptoms become irreversible, like enlarged blood vessels or inflammation that will not subside with more conservative options.
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Rosacea causes not only physical symptoms but also emotional ones. like feeling self-conscious in public or avoiding social situations because of facial redness. If you think you may have rosacea, please contact Clear Lake Dermatology in League City or Webster, TX to schedule an appointment so you can put the worry behind you. Our Clear Lake team is knowledgeable about innovative treatments and will strive to help you feel more comfortable.