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Rosacea: Signs And Symptoms


Rosacea: Signs And Symptoms | Palm Harbor | Petersburg | ClearwaterRosacea is a commonly occurring skin disease, which often initiates with a tendency to blush or flush more easily compared to other people. The redness can gradually extend beyond the cheeks and nose to the forehead and chin. In fact, even the chest, back, and ears can remain red all the time. 

Palm Harbor Dermatology, led by experienced dermatologists, provides safe and proven skin care procedures to patients in Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and surrounding locations.

Sub-types of Rosacea

Rosacea often leads to skin effects that are more than mere redness. There are various signs and symptoms of the condition, and rosacea has four subtypes:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Flushing, redness, and noticeable blood vessels
  • Papulopustular rosacea: Inflammation, redness, and acne-like flare-ups
  • Phymatous rosacea: Thickened skin with a bumpy texture
  • Ocular rosacea: Red and irritated eyes, the eyelids may be inflamed, and the patient may have what appears as a stye.

Over time, individuals with rosacea typically experience permanent redness in the mid-portion of their face. 

Subtype 1: Flushing, facial redness, noticeable blood vessels

Signs and symptoms

  • Redness and flushing in the mid-face region
  • Conspicuous blood vessels, or spider veins
  • Inflamed skin
  • Skin may be quite sensitive
  • Skin may burn and sting
  • Roughness, dry skin, or scaling
  • Tendency to blush or flush more readily than other people

Subtype 2: Acne-like flare-ups

Signs and symptoms

  • Breakouts similar to acne, typically where the skin is very red
  • Breakouts tend to be transient
  • Oily skin
  • Skin may be quite sensitive
  • Skin may sting and burn
  • Noticeable blood vessels, or spider veins
  • Elevated skin patches, known as plaques

Subtype 3: Thickening skin

This is a rare subtype of rosacea. But when it does develop, the patient usually has signs and symptoms of another subtype of the condition initially. The signs of subtype 3 are as follows:

  • Bumpy skin texture
  • Skin starts to thicken, particularly common on the nose (the thickening of the skin on the nose is known as rhinophyma)
  • Skin may thicken on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and ears
  • Conspicuous broken blood vessels appear
  • Enlarged pores
  • Oily skin

Subtype 4: In the eyes

Rosacea develops in the eyes in some people. In such cases, the eyes may display one or more of the following signs:

  • Bloodshot or watery eyes
  • Gritty feeling, similar to sand in the eyes
  • Stinging or burning in the eyes
  • Very dry eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Eyes sensitive to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Noticeable broken blood vessels on an eyelid
  • Cyst on the eyelid
  • The patient cannot see as well as before

Rosacea can Impact Quality of Life

Rosacea can impact more than just the skin and the eyes. It is a chronic (long-lasting) skin condition, and it can adversely impact an individual’s quality of life. Many people report issues at work, in their relationships, and when meeting someone new. According to studies and surveys, living with rosacea can lead to:

Feelings of embarrassment and frustration 

Surveys by the National Rosacea Society indicate that 41 percent of participants reported that their rosacea caused them to avoid being in public or cancel social engagements. 

Low self-esteem 

According to surveys conducted by the National Rosacea Society, nearly 70 percent of individuals living with rosacea reported that the condition adversely affected their self-esteem and self-confidence.  

There seems to be an improvement in the quality of life of patients with treatment. Studies indicate that when people have fewer signs and symptoms of rosacea, the quality of their lives improves. 

Palm Harbor Dermatology receives patients from Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa, Spring Hill, Riverview, Florida, and nearby areas for advanced and innovative skin care treatments. 

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