Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition involving the face and neck characterised by a permanently flushed appearance, enlarged and visible capillaries, and non-tender papules. Inflammatory rosacea can have an acne -like appearance.
How do I know that I have Rosacea?
Clinical presentation is usually adequate for a diagnosis. Redness/ facial and neck flushing, visible and enlarged capillaries, changes in skin texture of the face, neck and chest, with a possible presence of papules.
The symptoms can be very disabling both physically and psychologically.
The sufferer cannot drink alcohol or hot beverages, enjoy a spicy meal or even mix comfortably socially. There are often accusations of “drinking too much”.
What causes it?
The exact cause is unknown but we know there are abnormalities of the blood vessels and there is usually a genetic predisposition. It first appears between the ages of 30 and 50 years. Sometimes there can be mites present on the skin that may cause heightened skin sensitivity.
Trigger factors include alcohol, hot drinks, spicy foods, sun exposure, and stress, that is anything that causes the skin to flush!
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