Thursday, March 08, 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 this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Rosacea is a disease that affects the skin on the face. It often begins as redness that looks like a blush across the nose, cheeks, chin or forehead.

As time goes on, red pimples and pus-filled bumps may appear. Some people also notice small blood vessels across their nose and cheeks. In some people, the skin of the nose may become red and thick. Rosacea can also irritate the eyelids and the white part of the eye.

No one knows what causes rosacea. Rosacea tends to run in fair-skinned families and tends to occur in people who blush easily. Symptoms usually begin between the ages of 30 and 60.

Rosacea cant be cured but it can be treated. Treatment is aimed at controlling the symptoms and making your skin look better.

The type of medicine your doctor recommends will depend on how your skin looks. Treatment generally is best for improving the pimples and bumps of rosacea. The redness of the skin is harder to treat. Antibiotics are used to treat rosacea.

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