Rosacea 2

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that makes your face turn red and may cause swelling and skin sores that look like acne. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about rosacea in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that is often mistaken for acne. It can cause red patches, lines and small pimples on the face, as well as burning and irritation in the eyes and eyelids. Left untreated, rosacea can progress and eventually cause larger, disfiguring bumps on the nose and face and serious eye problems.

Fair-skinned people between ages 30 and 60 are most likely to develop rosacea. The exact cause is unknown. Flare-ups are caused by dilation of the blood vessels in the face, causing the face to flush. Common triggers are sun, exercise, hot weather, stress, spicy foods and alcohol.

As rosacea develops, redness on the cheeks lingers, similar to a sunburn. Other symptoms may come and go. These include pimples, red lines on the face, swollen bumps on the nose and eye irritation.

Treatment is usually successful in minimizing symptoms and preventing disease progression. It is important to recognize the condition early and start treatment when symptoms first appear.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.