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This is a picture of a rash on a ladies face.

RASH OR ROSACEA?

Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face and it can affect anyone. There's no cure for rosacea, but treatment can control and reduce the signs and symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of rosacea include:

Facial redness.
Rosacea usually causes a persistent redness in the central part of your face. Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks often swell and become visible.

Swollen, red bumps.
Many people with rosacea also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. These bumps sometimes contain pus. Your skin may feel hot and tender.

Eye problems.
Many people with rosacea also experience dry, irritated, swollen eyes and red, swollen eyelids. This is known as ocular rosacea. In some people, the eye symptoms precede the skin symptoms.

Enlarged nose.
Over time, rosacea can thicken the skin on the nose, causing the nose to appear bulbous (rhinophyma). This occurs more often in men than in women.

Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, other skin problems or natural ruddiness.

Causes
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene.

A number of factors can trigger flare-ups, including:
Hot drinks and spicy foods
Red wine and other alcoholic beverages
Temperature extremes
Sunlight or wind
Emotions
Exercise
Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
Various cosmetic products

Risk Factors

Anyone can develop rosacea. But you may be more likely to develop it if you:
Are female
Have light skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun
Are over age 30
Smoke
Have a family history of rosacea

When to see a doctor

If you experience persistent redness of your face, see your doctor or call Sabetha Family Practice at (785) 284-2141 for an appointment. A Dermatology Clinic is also available at Sabetha Community Hospital monthly if needed. To make an appointment for the Dermatology Clinic, call (785) 272-6860 and asked to be scheduled in Sabetha.

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