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Are there different types of rosacea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Doctors have identified four "subtypes" of rosacea. They include:
  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. This form causes facial skin to flush, or turn red, especially the cheeks and chin (though in men the nose may be affected). Flushing may be caused by a "trigger," such as sunlight or exercise. Some people will have visible blood vessels just beneath the skin.
  • Papulopustular rosacea. People with this form have persistently reddish skin and may have acne-like bumps.
  • Phymatous rosacea. In this form of rosacea, the skin thickens, which causes the nose to become red and bulbous, as with comedian W.C. Fields.
  • Ocular rosacea. About half of people with rosacea develop eye symptoms, which can include a bloodshot appearance, itchiness, a burning sensation, a "gritty" feeling, and sensitivity to light.

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