Rosacea is considered to be among the top ten skin conditions affecting adults. Other skin conditions in this top 10 group include cold sores, hives, skin tags, eczema, psoriasis, age spots, moles, athlete’s foot fungus, and shingles.
Rosacea is primarily a facial skin condition resulting in periods of remission and flares in symptoms. The symptoms include a flushed, or pinkish to reddish colored rash usually occurring on the central area of the face which includes the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. One may experience pimples or small red bumps called papules. Some describe their rosacea rash as appearing as fine thin red lines consisting of tiny broken blood vessels. Others describe their redness as looking like a sunburn. Rosacea for others can appear as patches of redness or blotchiness on the face.
Rosacea is considered a facial skin condition; it can also affect the upper chest, ears, neck and eyes. Skin involvement generally follows the same pattern of symptoms but when rosacea affects the eyes, one tends to see symptoms of red, itchy irritated eyes. The eyes may appear watery or may tend to be feel quite dry.
Treating rosacea may be as simple as identifying those events or triggers that cause a rosacea flaring episode or it can be a more complex process. Rosacea is closely identified with incidents creating an immune system malfunction. Rosacea often flares or tends to worsen during those times when our immune system is compromised or weakened. This can occur due to allergies, medical conditions, stress, fatigue, or an overall acidic environment in the body. Many of the common food triggers identified with rosacea tend to be acidic foods that can alter the pH environment of the body if consumed in excess. One method of counteracting this imbalance is to consume a balanced ratio of alkaline and acidic foods. Another way is to drink plenty of water as water is the great equalizer in balancing the body’s pH.
Spicy or hot foods, emotional, mental and physical stress, alcohol consumption, and heat are among the recognized triggers for rosacea.
The symptoms of rosacea are not only aggravating but also a source of embarrassment for many.
Left untreated, rosacea symptoms progress and worsen over time.
If untreated, in its later stages rosacea can lead to a bulbous, misshapen red nose similar to that which affected W.C. Fields.
Early diagnosis, recognition and treatment make it possible for the people with rosacea to enjoy a normal life.