Friday, November 21, 2008

Fourteen million Americans have the skin condition rosacea. It usually strikes between the ages of 30 and 60. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about rosacea in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

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 the ages of 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, emotional stress, spicy foods, alcohol and hot baths.

As rosacea develops, redness on the cheeks lingers, similar to a sunburn. Other symptoms of rosacea 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, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.