Rosacea is a skin condition that affects an estimated 14 million Americans. This condition can be frustrating for the people that have it because the exact cause is currently unknown and there is no cure. Fortunately, risk factors, symptoms, and triggers have been extensively documented. This allows patients who have the condition to avoid certain behaviors and substances that might lead to flare-ups, and medical practitioners to devise ways to control symptoms.
Located in Windermere FL, Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is dedicated to providing patients with both the information and medical care they need to both diagnose and manage their rosacea symptoms. Contact us today for more information about this condition, or to schedule a consultation appointment.
What Causes Rosacea?
While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, there are a few theories on this subject. The characteristic redness associated with this condition is suspected to be a single part of a more generalized disorder of the blood vessels.
It is also believed that rosacea could be caused by either a malfunction of the connective tissue under the skin, fungus, skin mites, or psychological factors.
Risk Factors for Rosacea
Some people have a higher risk of developing rosacea than others. People with fair skin who blush easily are at a high risk of developing the condition later in life, particularly between the ages of 30-60.
Women are affected by the condition more often than men. There seems to be a genetic component involved as well, as people in families with a history of the condition are more likely to develop it.f
Symptoms and Triggers
If you have the following symptoms, you may have rosacea:
- Frequent flushing of the skin
- Persistent redness
- Visible blood vessels
- Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples
- Swelling of the skin
- Excessive dryness
Rosacea is typically triggered by extreme events. This can include extreme weather conditions (either very hot or very cold), emotional stress, and heavy exercise. Extended exposure to the sun or wind can also contribute to flare ups.
This condition can also be triggered by hot beverages and foods, spicy food, and the consumption of alcohol — especially red wine.
If you suspect that you may have rosacea, or have been diagnosed and are controlling your symptoms independent of a licensed medical practitioner, contact Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center today. While we can’t offer you a cure for your condition, Dr. Hudgens and her staff have a great deal of experience helping patients manage their symptoms.