I have rosacea, and I have had it for many years. It was not until recently that I was diagnosed with the condition. The importance of being diagnosed by a professional is absolutely necessary, so that you can be treated properly and avoid any complications.
Five Secrets My Rosacea Doctor Never Told Me
1) Rosacea is characterized by redness on the cheeks and nose, which may also spread to the forehead and chin. Rosacea causes more than redness. There are several subtypes, such as: papulopustular rosacea, phymatous rosacea, ocular rosacea and erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. Each of these subtypes has unique characteristics that need to be addressed with a treatment plan devised by your doctor.
2) You must seek medical attention if you suspect you have rosacea or any of its subtypes. Many people try to treat rosacea on their own by experimenting with drugstore remedies or home remedies found on the internet or in magazines. These could potentially make your condition worse.
3) Your doctor will devise a treatment plan tailored specifically for you based on your unique symptoms and needs. This may include prescription medications and/or changes
When I was first diagnosed with rosacea at the age of 41, I had never heard of it. Since then I have met a whole lot of other people who have never heard of it either. It is an inflammatory skin condition that can affect your face, eyes, mouth and nose. Although there is no cure, it can be managed by avoiding triggers and using medication.
I was diagnosed by my dermatologist after he saw how red my face was. He gave me a prescription for oral antibiotics and suggested I avoid things that could trigger flare ups like spicy foods, hot drinks and alcohol. I thought that would be the end of it.
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I was talking to my friend about her rosacea the other day. She told me how she has struggled with it for years and it’s only gotten worse since she turned 40. I asked what doctor she sees and if he has been able to help her. That’s when I learned something that surprised me, she didn’t have a doctor who specialized in this condition.
I was shocked! Rosacea is a serious skin condition that can cause permanent disfigurement, especially if it goes untreated for years as it did with my friend. It causes redness, swelling and even pimples on the face, eyes and neck. If your rosacea is not responding to treatment like hers, you should see a dermatologist today or at least get a second opinion. Here are five secrets your rosacea doctor probably doesn’t want you to know:
ROSACEA IS A CHRONIC CONDITION, with symptoms that come and go.
Unfortunately, many doctors either don’t know much about rosacea or misdiagnose it. As a result, few people get an official diagnosis.
I’ve been living with rosacea for over a decade and only recently got a proper diagnosis.
If you have rosacea, here’s what I wish my doctor had told me years ago:
1. Rosacea is not acne. You can’t treat it with acne medicine.
2. Rosacea is not contagious; it is a chronic condition that has no cure.
3. Your face is not dirty! Having rosacea does not mean you have poor hygiene habits.
4. Redness and bumps on your face are only two of the more obvious signs of rosacea; there are others you may be missing, such as eye irritation and flushing.
5. If you think you have rosacea, see a dermatologist for an official diagnosis and treatment recommendations.”
The first time I saw Dr. Jules Rosenthal was a little over six years ago. I was almost 29 and had started seeing a dermatologist for the first time in my life because of my rosacea. I didn’t know enough to ask if he specialized in rosacea, but as soon as he examined my face, he told me that I needed to see his partner, Dr. Jules Rosenthal, because he was the one who handled all of the rosacea patients.
That’s when I learned about something called the National Rosacea Society, which is an organization that helps fund and raise awareness about rosacea research. They also help educate doctors and patients about this stubborn skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels on your face.
When it comes to skin care for rosacea, you really have to know what you’re doing and be very careful about which products you use! Whenever I’ve tried something new lately (that isn’t from Dr. Rosenthal’s office), it seems like the product always has some sort of alcohol in it, which makes me break out with even more redness than usual! If you’re anything like me then maybe this will help inspire you to get professional advice before trying any new products on your own.”
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic condition that causes flushing and redness on the face. Symptoms include visible blood vessels, papules (small red bumps), and pustules (small red bumps with pus). Rosacea tends to get worse over time without treatment.
Who gets rosacea?
Most people with rosacea are between 30 and 50 years of age, but rosacea can affect people of all ages. Although the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, medical treatment can control this chronic condition.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
The most common symptom of rosacea is flushing, which causes redness that comes and goes on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Other symptoms may include visible blood vessels under the skin; small red bumps or pus-filled pimples on the face; dry, rough, scaly skin; burning or stinging sensation in the face; swollen or bumpy nose; sensitive eyes; feeling like something is in your eye; watery or irritated eyes; eyelid swelling or crustiness; blurred vision.
You don’t have to tell me, I know it is a face only a mother could love. At least that is what I used to think before I went to the dermatologist and learned all about rosacea.
The redness, the ruddiness, the flushing – my cheeks looked as though I had been running a marathon every day for years. Makeup? It was useless. No matter how hard I tried, there was no way I could cover up the redness in my cheeks.
I wanted to hide under a mask but, you see, it is not something that just happens on your face. The rash can also appear on your neck, chest, scalp or ears.
It was getting worse too. Oh sure, at first it was just an occasional flush that went away in a few minutes. But then it began to stay longer and eventually became permanent – or so it seemed. And then came the pimples and bumps which only added insult to injury.
No wonder I felt so bad about myself and had lost all self-confidence!