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Rosacea Symptoms

9 Symptoms to Identify Rosacea

Rosacea is a vascular disorder that makes itself manifest on the face and around the eyes. At the beginning it looks like the person who suffers from it were just flushing across the nose, forehead, chin and cheeks, but as the skin disorder progresses, the redness becomes more constant and intense. In more advanced stages, the redness becomes constant and it can cause swelling and even a burning sensation, leading up to facial disfigurement on the most advance cases.

Here are some of the most known symptoms of Rosacea in order to properly identify and prevent it:

  • Constant facial flushing: Facial flushing is no doubt the main symptom of Rosacea. An indicator of the skin condition is usually the frequency in which the person flushes as well as the intensity of the redness. If someone exhibits an unusual degree of redness, then Rosacea must be suspected as the cause.
  • Telangiectasia: This condition is identified by the appearance of tiny broken blood vessels that stay fixed in a dilated state on the surface of the skin.
  • Skin hyper-reactivity: Hyper-reactivity is caused by extremely sensitive inflamed blood vessels that reside near the surface of the skin. They react easily to almost any kind of stimuli. If redness shows up as a result to external stimuli, the person in question needs to be taken to a skin specialist, who will be able to differentiate between possible Rosacea and a regular skin allergy.
  • Lumpy facial skin and/or facial papules: Uneven surfaces and lumpy skin are also a consequence of dilated blood vessels. Specially when this condition is localised and presents swelling.
  • Facial pustules: These are red lumps that contain pus. This condition is usually visible at advanced stages of Rosacea.
  • Facial burning sensation: These sensations are an indicator that the illness is already at an advanced stage. It occurs because the sensory pain nerves of the facial skin are activated, triggered by the heat caused by increased blood flow. Once activated for the first time, the facial nerves can be victim of a chain reaction, which may cause just about anything to trigger the burning sensation.
  • Swelling: As its name states, this symptom is characterised by a swelling of the face. It occurs when fluids and other elements leak out of the blood vessels, causing the facial tissues to swell.
  • Rhinophyma: This uncharacteristic form of Rosacea is determined by a chronic redness and inflammation, which causes an abnormal growth of the nose. In some severe cases this growth can threaten the whole facial region.
  • Ocular symptoms: One of the most characteristic symptoms of Rosacea, since it is suffered by more than half of the people who have the disease. It shares the same causes as most of the previous symptoms, except that this one targets the eyes and eyelids of the person. It is usually present along with excessive tearing, as well as dry and bloodshot eyes.

As seen above, there are many ways in which Rosacea can be detected. It is only a matter of being observational to become aware of any irregularity that might show up on a person’s skin.