Rosacea: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options
Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder. It mainly affects facial skin, and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.
It typically appears as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, although it can also appear on the neck, chest, scalp and ears.
Typically affecting people aged 30 and over, the redness tends to gradually become ruddier and more persistent.
Symptoms of Rosacea
Four different types of Rosacea have been identified:
? Subtype 1: Facial Redness (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) ? Symptoms include flushing and persistent redness. In some circumstances, visible blood vessels also appear
? Subtype 2: Spots (papulopustular rosacea) ? Easily confused with acne, this type of rosacea is characterized by red spots (papules), some of which are pus filled (pustules)
? Subtype 3: Skin Thickening (phymatous rosacea) ? Most commonly associated with rhinophyma (enlargement of the nose), symptoms include thickening skin, irregular surface nodularities, and enlargement
? Subtype 4: Eye Irritation (ocular rosacea) ? Approximately 50% of people suffering from subtypes 1-3 also have eye symptoms. Ocular rosacea can leave both eyes and eyelids feeling dry, irritated and gritty; it can also cause them to water, itch, and sting and be sensitive to light.
What causes Rosacea?
Rosacea can vary substantially from one individual to another. In most cases, some rather than all of the signs and symptoms appear. Likewise, the cause of rosacea varies from person to person.
A survey performed by the National Rosacea Society of 1066 rosacea patients, listed twenty separate triggers. Exposure to temperature extremes, strenuous exercise and emotional stress featured the most highly. Less frequently mentioned triggers, included medications and eating certain foods, such as marinated meats and dairy products.
It is important to note however, that there has been significant disagreement amongst both sufferers and clinicians, as to the validity of these triggers. Many sufferers report that elimination of triggers, has little or no impact on the actual progression of the disease.
Whilst there is no conventional cure for Rosacea, we treat it very successfully by investigating the underlying cause and treat it accordingly with internal and topical customised made Phytomedicine. People suffering from Rosacea, are urged to see a dermatologist or other suitably trained physician, for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Different to most skin specialists, Claudia Louch takes a completely natural and comprehensive inside-out approach. Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic?s rosacea treatment focuses on harnessing the body?s own immune system and healing potential, whilst investigating the underlying cause, opposed to just the symptoms.