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What are the symptoms of the different rosacea subtypes?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The symptoms of the four different subtypes of rosacea may include the following:
  • Subtype 1 (called erythematotelangiectatic rosacea): noticeable redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin; blushing, flushing, and tiny spider veins (called telangiectasia) on the sides of the nose and cheeks
  • Subtype 2 (called papulopustular rosacea): chronic (ongoing) redness of skin; small raised bumps, lesions, and pimples
  • Subtype 3 (called phymatous rosacea): redness of skin, rough and thickened skin, nose disfigurement and enlargement
  • Subtype 4 (called ocular rosacea): chronic eye symptoms such as tearing, watery eyes; blurred vision; dry eye; inflammation; chronic styes (painful, red lumps on the eyelid); vision loss
If you have rosacea, see a doctor for a medical evaluation. If you have subtype 1, 2, or 3 rosacea, you can see a dermatologist (doctor who specializes in the treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions). If you have subtype 4 with eye involvement, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist (an eye specialist) for an evaluation and treatment.

 Many people with rosacea have symptoms of two or more subtypes at the same time. There is no cure for rosacea, but ongoing treatment can help manage the symptoms and cause the disease to go into remission.

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