What Is Rosacea?

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What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic disorder that is estimated to affect the lives of millions of  Americans. Rosacea causes areas of the skin to appear red, inflamed and sometimes bumpy. It primarily affects facial skin but has also been known to flare up on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. While rosacea is characterized by red flare-ups and remission, left untreated it can lead to a buildup of tissue that causes areas to appear “swollen.”

This condition is most common in adults over the age of 30 and those with pale skin who flush easily are more susceptible to this skin disorder however people of all ages and skin types can be affected. There are four subtypes of rosacea that are characterized by the following symptoms:

Subtype 1 - Constant and persistent redness or flushed skin which can include visible blood vessels.
Subtype 2 - Constant and persistent redness with pimples and bumps.
Subtype 3 - Enlargement of the nose due to skin thickening and an excess of tissue.
Subtype 4 - Occasional or persistent tearing or burning of the eyes as wells as constant dry eyes or swollen eyelids

It is possible to develop multiple characteristics from each subtype and it is very important to consult with a doctor if your symptoms start to cause pain or alter everyday functions of your life.

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