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Doctor's Terms

  • Telangiecstasia: chronic dilation and elevation of capillaries that cause redness.
  • Rhinophyma: a large, bulbous, ruddy nose.

Information And Treatment

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes permanent or semi-permanent redness of the face, which may be accompanied with pimples, pustules, or bumps. Mild rosacea may be barely noticeable, or may simply be seen as a rosy complexion. More severe cases can be disfiguring and progress into rhinophyma, a reddish disfiguration of the nose. The condition tends to affect light-skinned women and men, though people with darker skin are still susceptible.

People with rosacea are likely to blush easily. Exercise, wind, sunlight and heat, caffeine, spicy foods, and emotional stress can all bring on or heighten the effects of the condition. Rosacea is chronic, and may get worse over time if not treated.

The cause of chronic rosacea hasn't been conclusively determined, although there are a number of theories. For example, there is a high correlation between rosacea and an overabundance of intestinal bacteria (called "small intestinal bacterial overgrowth").

Age range: Although rosacea may begin at any age, it most commonly sets in between the ages of 30 and 50.