As you may know, Rosacea is perhaps one of the most common of skin conditions. It is also one of the least understood. In fact, you will be surprised at just how many people out there are suffering from the condition and they don’t even know it. This is because Rosacea symptoms tend to be fairly minor. Sure, they can get a little bit serious from time to time, however most of the time you may not even notice that you are suffering from the condition. On this page I want to talk to you a little bit about the various Rosacea symptoms and signs that you should be on the lookout for.
The Most Common Rosacea Symptoms You Should be Aware of
The first sign of the condition is flushing. This is something which tends to appear earlier on in your life. Flushing is when your skin turns red. This symptom tends to last no time at all. In fact, it will last just a couple of minutes before disappearing. This is why most people do not even notice they are suffering from Rosacea. Later on in your life you may find that the flushing is accompanied by a fluctuation in temperature. It will also almost feel as though your skin is burning up. Again, this is a symptom which will disappear in mere minutes.
Persistent Facial Redness
This is similar to skin flushing. The only difference here is that parts of your face will be red almost constantly. This is the point where most people start to believe that they have Rosacea. You may notice that only small patches of your face are really red at once. It is almost going to be blotchy. Whilst the condition will normally impact your facial areas you may also find that it spreads down to your neck or chest.
Visible Blood Vessels
This is one of the Rosacea Symptoms which tends to only appear during the latter stages of the condition. When you are suffering from Rosacea it is likely that small blood vessels will start to become inflamed. This will either happen on a temporary basis i.e. it will last a day or so, although some people may find that the blood vessels appear on a slightly more permanent basis. If you are suffering from visible blood vessels as one of your rosacea symptoms then you may be able to ask your doctor, or you can search online, for a treatment option which will keep them ‘hidden’.
Papules and Pustules
One of the main reasons as to why Rosacea is often misdiagnosed is the fact that many of the symptoms are similar to that of acne. However it is worth noting that an acne treatment will not have any impact on your Rosacea. In fact, it can quite often make your symptoms worse.
Papules are small red bumps that appear on your skin. This is VERY similar to acne. Pustules are red bumps which appear on your skin which are filled with pus. There are a couple of differences from acne here. First and foremost; this condition is not caused by grease on the skin. The blemishes on your skin are also NOT going to scar….although you should still not pop them.
This symptom is especially rare and if you get to the point of having thickened skin then it is highly likely that you already know that you are suffering from Rosacea. Thickened skin often appears around the nose. This occurs when layers and layers of skin start to build up on the face and don’t disappear (i.e. your body is not capable of shedding the skin). Having thick skin can completely change the look of the nose and can be a source of self-confidence issues. Thankfully it is a problem which is not that common. When it does occur you are much more likely to have the condition if you are a male.
Many people who suffer from Rosacea may also suffer from something known as ocular rosacea. This is where the condition spreads to the eyes. Sufferers of this condition may feel as though they have something in their eyes, they may also feel dry. From time to time you may also experience inflammation in the eyelids or the eyes may look bloodshot. In rare cases you may have sensitivity to light. It is worth noting that there are some people out there who do not have any other rosacea symptoms apart from eye irritation. This is known as ‘Ocular Rosacea’ as I mentioned previously.
On top of all of these other symptoms you may also suffer from a burning sensation on your skin, it may go dry, and red raised patches may appear. I must stress that these symptoms are few and far between though.
If you are suffering from Rosacea, or you at least believe that you are suffering from one of the Rosacea symptoms mentioned above then I really do suggest that you get in touch with your doctor. They will help you to diagnose the condition and help to ensure that it is actually Rosacea that you are dealing with. This is because many of the symptoms of rosacea could actually be attributed to a number of other conditions. When you work with your doctor they will also be able to provide you advice with regards to the best treatment plan for rosacea and the like. This is important because Rosacea is a condition which you can actually keep at bay for most of the time if you put some effort into doing so. The condition is not going to ever disappear, but it is nice to know that it is something that should not be that difficult to deal with if you learn to spot your triggers and the like.