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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that has redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids and forehead. The redness can even appear in the eyes. The condition has small pimples and pronounced blood vessels. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea but it can be controlled with medication and changes in lifestyle. Call a board certified
What is Rosacea?
Chronic facial skin condition with severe redness and visable blood vessels. While it is a superficial skin condition, 3 Million people in the United State suffer from it. Most are people with Rosacea are women 30-50 years old.
The symptoms are:
Small red pustules (or bumps) on the nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin.
Small and red blood vessels that are visible
Bulbous nose that is red
Cheeks that appear flush
Burning or stinging sensation on the face
50% of Rosacea patients develop red pustules, red blood vessels around the eye lid and within eye. The eyes may feel burning and irritated. Ocular Rosacea makes the eyes appear bloodshot. This can lead to conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the inner eyelids.
What causes Rosacea?
Rosacea tends to be hereditary. The causes are still not determined. However, sufferers of Rosacea tend to be of northern European decent and have fair complexions. While the characteristic red facial skin may be hidden by brown skinned people people of color also may have the bulbous nose and redness in the eyes.
High amounts of coffee
Extends exposure to sunlight
History of sunburns
Some medications like corticosteroids and some blood pressure medication
Rosacea can be managements with lifestyle changes. First and foremost, avoid doing all of thea activities that are listed above: spicy food, coffee, stress and extended sunlight exposure.
Actively manage outbreaks:
Use sun screen when you are in the sun.
Winter scarves should be wrapped around the face for protection.
Only use hypo-allergenic moisturizers, cleansers and cosmetics
Manage your stress levels
See a dermatologist for more information.
Medications that are prescribed for Rosacea
Topical creams: antibiotics (such as metronidazole)
Oral medications: oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline)
Acne drug; Accutane (Isotretinoin)
Sometimes Rosacea is mispelled Roacia, Rosea
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Shingles is a painful rash that is usually on one side of the face or body. Shingles symptoms include a rash that can cause blisters that usually scab after 7-10 days. Shingles is related to Chicken Pox, and is caused by the varicella zoster virus. The risk of getting Shingles increases as people age especially after age 60. Call a board certified
Is Shingles contagious?
Shingles is not contagious but it can be spread from some with an active case to someone who has never had Chicken Pox. The virus is spread by fluid from the blister to another but once the blister develops a crust it is no longer contagious. This should answer the question: “Are shingles contagious?”
Shingles can have debilitating symptoms;
Pain, numbness and burning on the skin
Skin that is sensitive to the touch
Red rash that appears after the pain appears
Blisters with fluid that break open and form a crust
Shingles can be effectively treated with antiviral medicines—acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. However, to be most effective the medication must be applied at the beginning of the out break.
To avoid contracting shingles, men and women over age 60 may consider a shingles vaccination. The CDC recommends and the FDA has approved shingles vaccine. Call a board certified dermatologist to get your Shingles vaccine.
Shingles is sometimes called Zoster Herpes, it is NOT related to the same virus that causes genital herpes which is a sexually transmitted disease.
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