What Causes Rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea remains unknown. It’s speculated to be a mix of factors like dilated blood vessels and skin irritation, leading to redness and pus-filled bumps (papules). It’s not an infection and is non-contagious. While the condition can be aggravated by factors such as sunlight or diet, it isn’t caused by them.
Symptoms of Rosacea
- Persistent facial redness
- Pus-filled bumps and pimples
- Enlarged, bulbous nose (rhinophyma) in severe cases
- Irritated eyes
Treatment Options for Rosacea
- Topical Treatments: Creams and gels to reduce redness and bumps.
- Oral Antibiotics: In the form of pills or gels, more effective for visible bumps than for redness.
- Lifestyle Changes: Avoid trigger foods, drinks, or activities; using sunscreens with broad-spectrum protection.
- Alternative Therapies: Emu oil, laurelwood, and oregano oil, only under medical supervision.
Keeping a diary to note symptom triggers is often recommended.
Ivermectin, a medication applied as a lotion or gel, is sometimes recommended to treat the skin mites involved in rosacea. It has shown promising results and is sometimes covered by insurance.
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If you’re dealing with rosacea, consult our experienced doctors and nurse practitioners at Phenix Health, available 24/7 for telehealth consultations. They can have a look at your condition over video chat and make the right recommendations, or refer you to specialists if needed.