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Can rosacea spread to other parts of my body?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Rosacea most commonly affects skin on the face by making the cheeks, chin, nose, or forehead turn red. However, skin on the neck, ears, chest, or scalp may be affected, too. In some cases, even the eyes may develop persistent redness and other symptoms. Left untreated, rosacea can cause severe swelling and pimple-like bumps. It may also cause the nose to turn a bulbous shape, a condition called rhinophyma (rye-no-FY-muh). One notable person with rosacea was comedian W.C. Fields.

Rosacea is strongly associated with blushing. Like blushing, rosacea typically affects the face alone. In rare cases, however, people have experienced rosacea symptoms on other parts of their body. Cases of redness and bumps appearing on the scalp and ears, and as far down as the neck and upper chest and back, have been reported. There aren't any known reports of symptoms occurring below the upper torso.

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