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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

rosacea awareness

Rosacea is a common condition that affects over 45 million people worldwide but is often misunderstood. Rosacea symptoms include flushing and redness on the face and across the cheeks, nose, or forehead and can also less commonly affect the neck, chest and scalp. As rosacea progresses, other symptoms can develop such as permanent redness, red bumps, red gritty eyes, burning and stinging sensations, small blood vessels visible near the surface of the skin, and in some advanced cases a bulbous nose.

People that are fair-skinned like people with European or Celtic ancestry are most commonly affected with rosacea. Rosacea affects both men and women of all ages especially in the 30-50 age group, but middle-aged women are more susceptible because of hot flushes caused by menopause.

The exact cause of rosacea is not known however it is believed that rosacea is caused by damaged to the blood vessels. Rosacea treatment involves avoiding stimulants that may aggravate the rosacea such as extreme weather like cold/hot environments, irritating face creams and washes. Other rosacea treatments include antibiotics and laser treatment.