Rosacea is a skin condition that affects more than 16 million people in the United States. Unfortunately, it is often confused with other skin conditions or even naturally rosy cheeks, which means many people go without an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. If you suspect that you or someone you love may have this condition, consider the following symptoms so you can make informed decisions regarding treatment options.
Signs and Symptoms
Naturally rosy cheeks are typically smooth and do not feel irritated or rough. They also don’t change in appearance if you eat certain foods or spend time in the sun. However, people who have rosacea often experience swollen cheeks that can feel irritated, particularly after eating spicy foods and/or spending a lot of time out in the sun.
Rosacea can also cause pimples on the cheeks. These pimples are usually clustered in one or two groups, rather than spread out as they are in a typical acne breakout. Additionally, rosacea pimples are not accompanied by blackheads, and the rough red patches that characterize this condition are not only found on the cheeks. They may also be present on the scalp, neck, ears, chest and back.
In its early stages, the condition is characterized by flushing and redness that lasts longer than expected. This is known as pre-rosacea and is frequently diagnosed in teens and young adults.
Evidence seems to indicate that rosacea could be hereditary. If someone in your family has the condition, there is a very good chance you may experience it as well. However, it is not contagious, so you don’t have to worry that spending time with relatives or friends who have the condition will cause you to contract it.
While rosacea cannot be cured, it can be managed with proper medical assistance. Getting help as soon as possible is the best course of action. Left untreated, the condition can cause extreme irritation and discomfort. What’s more, those who don’t get professional help often experience lower self-esteem, self-conscious about their visible symptoms. With proper ongoing care and treatment, skilled doctors can help people successfully manage rosacea so they feel comfortable and confident again.
Georgia Dermatology Partners offers professional medical assistance that is second to none. The practice is staffed by board-certified medical practitioners who have more than six decades of combined experience. All treatments involving injections are medically supervised. Georgia Dermatology Partners also offers new clients free skin care consultations that enable you to better understand your condition and explore the treatment options tailored to your needs. Contact us today to learn more.