Rosacea is a condition that affects many hundreds of people across the world. This condition mostly affects skin on the neck and the face, with the chin, forehead, cheeks and nose being the parts most affected.
If you are interested in finding more out about this condition, you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find a guide by Linia Skin, a professional skin clinic in London that explains how you can recognise whether you have rosacea or not and how to deal with it, if you do.
How to Tell Whether You Have Rosacea or Not
It could be a sign that you have rosacea or a different kind of rash if parts of your face become inflamed and red. The easiest way to figure out whether it is or not though is to feel the problem area. If it stings and feels warmer than normal, it could be that you have rosacea.
As this is a condition that comes back again and again, if you have had it before, this would be a possible diagnosis. Although it is women that suffer from it most commonly, men can suffer from it to a more severe degree and in many of the most serious cases, this form of rosacea can lead to rhinophyma, which involves acute redness and swelling of your nose.
What Effect Will it Have on my Daily Life?
Generally you are only likely to suffer from some pain and swelling, but if your rosacea is more serious it can cause your blood vessels to dilate and unattractive pimples.
Rosacea only tends to cause serious and lasting damage if it leads to rhinophyma, but it can have an adverse affect on your confidence. This is ultimately the biggest issue for people suffering with rosacea. Some experience a knock on their self-esteem and a negative effect on their social interactions.
Is it Contagious?
There has still not been any conclusive proof as to what actually causes this condition. However, if there are cases of people in your family suffering from it, you are more at risk from developing rosacea. It’s affects can be worsened by any of the following:
- You use steroid cream
- You suffer from psychological stress or are going through the menopause
- Go out regularly in the cold weather
- Participate in rigorous physical activity
- Expose yourself to too much sunlight or heat
- Drink alcoholic drinks
- Consume spicy food
However, it’s unlikely that you can ‘catch’ rosacea from another person who had it if you weren’t already suffering from it.
Can it Be Cured?
At present, no cure has been found or developed for rosacea. There are effective treatments for the condition in the form of laser procedures, oral antibiotics, peels and facials and topical creams.
In closing, though it sounds like there is no cure for this ailment, this guide will hopefully show you the light at the end of the tunnel. Rosacea can be well controlled and there are a number of effective treatments that you may wish to discuss with your dermatologist.