Rosacea is without a doubt one of the most common of ‘chronic skin conditions’. Despite this though, very few people actually know what it is all about. On this page I want to take a little look at what Rosacea actually is. We won’t actually cover symptoms and the like on this page. Instead we are going to answer the question ‘What is Rosacea?’
Rosacea is a chronic condition. However, contrary to popular belief it is NOT something that you will end up ‘stuck’ with for the rest of your life. Well, in most cases at least. In rare situations people will be dealing with the problem for the rest of their live. On average you most people will suffer from Rosacea for around 9 years before the condition just ‘disappears’. It is not something that will be occurring all of the time though. It is something which will flare-up from time to time. In fact, you may often go months without so much as an inkling of rosacea appearing on your body. It is worth noting that this condition is completely unpredictable. In most cases the symptoms will generally get worse with age before they disappear completely. However this is not always the case. Some people find that their symptoms tend to get far better the longer they are dealing with the Rosacea. This most likely means that they are far better at keeping the symptoms under control. It is worth noting that this condition is NOT contagious (you will be surprised at the amount of people out there who believe that it is!)
Are There Any Treatments or Prevention Methods?
Rosacea is not something that you will be able to eradicate using top secret techniques and the like. It is however a condition which can be brought under control using the right rosacea treatment techniques. As I mentioned previously, there are many people out there who will not have a single flare-up for months. This is because they take the time to learn their triggers and the like. If you can do this, and you really do take an active role in prevent Rosacea then there is no reason as to why you should not end up in the same boat as these people.
What Does Rosacea Look Like?
Rosacea is a condition which causes the skin to flare-up. It is often characterized by inflammation, severe redness and just general discomfort. Whilst the condition can appear just about anywhere on the body, the vast majority of people will find that the symptoms are most prevalent on their face or even on their arms. In very rare situations Rosacea may also be found to be present in the eyes. These situations are few and far between though and in most cases having ocular rosacea means that you will also have suffered from the condition elsewhere on your body prior to this.
Most people don’t start out by asking ‘what is Rosacea’. This is because the symptoms of the condition are very closely related to acne. In fact, most people will mistake rosacea for acne. Doctors have also been known to make exactly the same mistake. The problem is that treatments for Rosacea are completely different from acne treatments and there is a risk that taking that type of medication can actually cause the condition to flare-up even worse than it did previously. This is why your Rosacea symptoms will often be kept a close eye-on throughout diagnosis to make sure that you actually know what you are up against.
What is Rosacea Diagnosis Procedure?
Rosacea is a condition which is not diagnosed nearly as much as it should be. This is because in some cases the symptoms are relatively minor. This means that there are plenty of people out there who could actually be living with Rosacea and not really know about it. In most cases, if you wish to be diagnosed with Rosacea then you will probably need to head to a dermatologist. You will be referred here by your doctor if they believe that it is in your best interests to go. In most cases they will take a look at your symptoms, which normally involves blushing and flushing, and they will determine whether you actually have the condition. In a few cases you may be asked to give a skin sample. This is not painful, don’t worry. All that will happen is your skin is gently scraped to see if you have a skin mite infestation which is normally linked to Rosacea. You may be asked to keep a record of your symptoms to help them be sure that you are actually dealing with Rosacea as the symptoms can often be related to other conditions.
If you believe that you may have Rosacea then I really do suggest that you get in touch with a doctor. You do not have to use the treatments that they provide by any stretch of the imagination, however you may still wish to at least get diagnosed. If you do not wish to go down the medical route then you can simply search online and you will find all sorts of methods for keeping your Rosacea at bay. It is worth noting that in most cases this is a problem which can be dealt with pretty easily. It is something which is easy to keep at bay. However if you wish to deal with it properly then you need to start from the second that you are diagnosed. If you leave things too late then your Rosacea is going to be a whole lot tougher to deal with. You don’t want that, right? Of course you don’t!