If not treated, the condition of the patient worsens gradually, therefore it is strongly advised to visit a specialist as soon as possible.
What kind of disease is rosacea?
The reason behind rosacea is not yet known, but it is quite common nonetheless. Most frequently affected are people with lighter skin type and women between the age of 30 and 50 years.
In the beginning, the patient's face, neck or chest is only rarely and slightly red. Later on, this redness is always present and vessels become visible in the affected areas. Without professional help, the symptoms of rosacea might drastically worsen, developing pimple-like growths and pustules, which burn and itch.
Phenomena which often accompany rosacea
- Irritation of the eyes: very common; bloated eyelids, redness. Treatment is obligatory, because it might lead to serious ophthalmological consequences
- Dry skin, peeling
- Thickening of the skin, increase of tissue: primarily in men, and mainly on the nose
- Burning, itching feeling: primarily on the face.
- Edema: mainly on the face, around the eyes.
- Psychological problems: self-assessment disorders are common, because the disease is aesthetically undesirable, particularly on exposed areas
How do we treat rosacea?
Treatment always depends on the stage and type of the patient's rosacea. Out of the various medications available, the doctor can determine which one to use in each individual case.
Along with the therapy, it is also important to discuss with the doctor some supplementary skin treatments to do at home.
It is important to mention protection against sunlight. For patients suffering from rosacea, it is crucial to protect their skin against UV radiation. Intensive sunshine might provoke the development of the disease.
Patients must rely on their own experience to find out which factors affect their symptoms negatively, and try to avoid these. (such as sunshine, spicy food, or alcohol)