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When can erythematotelangiectatic rosacea become serious?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, the first subtype of rosacea, you may have skin that flushes easily, stays reddened, or has visible blood vessels. This type is usually the least bothersome of the subtypes, but it can progress to more serious forms of rosacea. This is why experts recommend treating rosacea at the first sign of it. There are four major subtypes of rosacea, and though people can experience all or a combination of them, it is also common to see someone progress through the subtypes.

If your erythematotelangiectatic rosacea becomes more serious, you may develop unpleasant or painful skin sensations such as burning, stinging, or itching, or you may develop one of the other subtypes:
  • subtype II, papulopustular rosacea: bumps on the skin that resemble acne
  • subtype III, phymatous rosacea: thickened skin, particularly around your nose
  • subtype IV, ocular rosacea: your eyes may feel dry or itchy, tear easily, or develop styes (small bumps on your eyelids). Over time this kind of rosacea can damage your cornea and limit your vision.
Though any of these subtypes can happen at the same time, they often follow one another. So experts recommend early treatment of your rosacea to help you halt the progress of your condition and find some relief.

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