Rosacea is a chronic disorder that affects mainly the skin. Although it is most commonly seen in women over 30, men with the condition tend to develop more severe symptoms. While there is currently no cure, there are treatments that can control the condition.
What are the Symptoms?
This condition can vary widely from patient to patient. Authorities, however, agree that a diagnosis requires the patient to have at least one of the four primary symptoms:
• Flushing is often the earliest symptom. Many people who develop the condition have a history of frequent blushing.
• Persistent redness of the face is the most common symptom.
• Small blood vessels that are visible beneath the skin develop on many patients.
• Pimples and bumps often develop on rosacea patients. While they may look like acne, the patient never develops blackheads, and their skin may sting or burn.
Secondary symptoms can include dry facial skin, burning or stinging skin, bloodshot and irritated eyes, thickened skin, raised red patches called plaques and swelling. While the condition most commonly affects the face, it can also develop on the ears, neck, scalp, or chest.
When Should Someone Seek Professional Help?
Anybody who develops the symptoms of rosacea should see a qualified medical professional. Not only does rosacea get worse without treatment, but there are also other conditions with similar symptoms. For example, persistently red skin on the face can also be a symptom of systemic lupus erythematosus, the most severe form of lupus. Similarly, an experienced medical professional like Dr. Hartman can prescribe the correct medications and recommend the right treatments.
Diagnosis and Treatment
There are currently no blood or other laboratory tests that can diagnose rosacea. A diagnosis is typically made based on an examination of the patient and their medical history. A patient who suspects they have rosacea should seek medical attention.
Located in Dover and proudly serving the Canton and Akron areas, Fine Arts Skin and Laser is proud to provide safe and effective rosacea treatments for men and women dealing with this condition. Each treatment is customized for the patient based on the unique situation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn about your treatment options!