This chronic skin condition causes swelling of the blood vessels beneath the facial skin, causing redness, spider-like blood vessels or acne-like blemishes. Fair-skinned people, people between ages 30 and 50, and women are more prone to developing rosacea, which is physically harmless but often embarrassing. Other symptoms include a tendency to blush easily, bloodshot or watery eyes, and a red, bulbous nose. Although there is no cure, oral or topical antibiotics can control flare-ups. So can wearing sunscreen daily, reducing stress and limiting your intake of hot beverages, alcohol and spicy foods.
There are no medications or lifestyle changes that can prevent erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, a condition that causes skin to appear red and flushed. However, you can take steps to manage the condition and lessen the severity and frequency of flare-ups. Visit a dermatologist and discuss symptom-control strategies like these:
avoiding rosacea triggers, such as stress and sunlight
choosing skin care products that won't irritate your skin or worsen erythematotelangiectatic rosacea
Working closely with your physician can help you to manage and control erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.
Consult with a dermatologist for guidance in managing symptoms of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. Key symptoms of this condition include red, flushed skin and visible blood vessels just beneath the skin's surface. A dermatologist may prescribe treatments to help improve the appearance of your skin. He or she can also help you choose skin care products that won't cause irritation and worsen erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. Finally, a doctor can help you to identify your erythematotelangiectatic rosacea triggers, such as sunlight and stress, which may cause flare-ups.
People of any age can develop erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. This disorder is one form of rosacea, a condition that causes skin flushing and other symptoms. Rosacea is especially common in women over age 30, but it can affect men and children as well. If your child has symptoms of rosacea, consult a dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment.
The cause of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is not yet known, so it's not possible to say whether it is linked to another condition. Some experts suspect that erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, and other forms of rosacea, may be linked to certain infections. Researchers also have observed that people with severe acne seem to have a higher-than-normal risk for developing rosacea. Scientists continue to study rosacea and its relationship to other medical conditions.
A number of alternative treatments have been recommended for treating erythematotelangiectatic rosacea as well as other forms of rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin disorder that causes the skin to appear red and flushed. A person with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea also has visible blood vessels just beneath the skin's surface.
Proponents of alternative medicine have prescribed acupuncture, medicinal herbs (such as green tea and feverfew), and other treatments for erythematotelangiectatic rosacea and other types of rosacea. Some of these therapies may be effective, though few have been well studied. For that reason, the true benefits of these alternative treatments are unknown. See a dermatologist to learn about well-established treatments for erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.
If you have rosacea, your doctor may suggest you use skin products labeled "fragrance-free" and "allergy-tested" and avoid skin products containing alcohol and other harsh chemicals. They will be less likely to irritate your skin, which can cause a rosacea flare-up. In addition to using mild soap for cleaning your skin, applying moisturizer can help control rosacea symptoms such as burning and itching. If you are unsure of how the product might affect your rosacea, try a small amount on another area of your body, such as the neck, before using it on your face. If it causes a reaction, discard the product. When you go outdoors, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher.
If you have any doubts about the skin products you use, discuss them with your physician.
Several different forms of laser therapy are available for treating rosacea. The goals of laser therapy are to make skin redness less persistent, reduce the presence of blood vessels just beneath the skin, and decrease skin thickening. One of the older forms is called pulsed dye laser. While studies suggest that it's effective, one downside is that pulsed dye lasers can cause skin bruising. While newer approaches such as the KTP laser, diode laser, and others are less likely to cause bruising, studies suggest they may not be as effective. You may want to ask your doctor about "non-laser" light therapies for treating rosacea.
One potential cause of a red, scaly rash on your neck is a skin disorder called rosacea. This common condition typically causes redness and a rash on the face. However, in some cases rosacea may turn up on the neck, back, chest, or elsewhere, too. Other skin problems can produce a rash on the neck, so see a doctor to get the right diagnosis.
People with rosacea often develop another skin problem called seborrheic dermatitis. This condition turns skin red and itchy. It may appear greasy and scaly, too. Although seborrheic dermatitis usually affects the scalp, it can also occur in or between the eyebrows as well as other parts of the body. The cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown, but doctors believe that a fungus on the skin may be involved. Anti-fungal medications can help control this condition.