Problems with my skin: Living with rosacea in the winter

Rosacea Problems with my skin - Charlotte, NC

Problems with my skin This is the time of year when many rosacea sufferers complain of, “Problems with my skin.” This is because winter weather and wind can cause rosacea to flare. Our dermatologists in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte can offer the proper medications and recommendations that will keep your skin condition under control. Part of the problem is that during this time of year, everyone’s skin is subject to extremes from the bitter cold outside, in to the dry heat inside. Patients with rosacea problems with my skin conditions are much more likely to experience exacerbations under these extremes. The cause of Rosacea Scientists and doctors do not know the exact cause of rosacea, what seems consistent is that the condition commonly affects fair-skinned persons. Triggers can vary from one individual to the next, but the most common are cold dry air, spicy foods, caffeine, or excessive exposure to the sun’s rays. Rosacea problems with my skin patients must take extra precautions in the winter. Typical symptoms for this time of year can be one or more of the following: Redness and bumps on the face Redness appears more frequently and stays longer Intense itching and burning Spidery veins…

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Managing the signs and symptoms of rosacea

Rosacea - Charlotte, NC

Suspecting rosacea Patients who suffer from rosacea often experience numerous symptoms including: significant redness of facial skin, pustules, and swollen features that are engorged with blood vessels. If you have begun to, or are currently suffering with these types of symptoms, it is important that you visit a Charlotte dermatologist for an evaluation of your skin condition. Early on, symptoms may not always be present. Therefore, in order to aid in proper diagnosis, be sure to tell your dermatologist about any facial signs and symptoms that may not be visually evident at the time of your office visit. For example, if you have experienced significant flushing or redness, try to explain when it occurred and its duration. Tell your doctor about your diet and lifestyle, and if you have had extensive exposure to the sun. Your dermatologist will be asking you the specific questions that he or she needs to make a proper evaluation, just try to be as accurate and direct as possible during your evaluation. Rosacea and your eyes In some patients, rosacea can affect the eyes. It is especially important to inform your dermatologist about any eye discomfort you experience, such as: Irritation Burning or stinging Watery…

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Your dermatologist has a plan for living with rosacea

Rosacea - Charlotte, NC

Understanding rosacea Rosacea affects millions of Americans. It can be a difficult skin condition to deal with because rosacea affects everyone differently and it requires a dermatologist’s skill and patience for proper diagnosis and treatment of it. We understand that rosacea is much more than a skin condition; it can affect the confidence of sufferers, and can be socially debilitating. Redness of the skin is one of the most common characteristics of rosacea, affecting various parts of face, cheeks, nose, and chin. However, it is important to remember that there are some people that do not have any skin redness may, yet they can be diagnosed with rosacea. There is much that is unknown about rosacea, for example, we do not completely understand with certainty why people get it. Typically, people with rosacea have an abnormal function related to their facial capillaries, leading to easy and frequent flushing. Studies have also shown that a very specific type of mite is associated with rosacea. There are also studies connecting rosacea with the body’s inability to process a specific protein properly. Rosacea can be improved successfully, but one must remember that it is a lifelong skin condition, for which there is no…

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Understanding and controlling rosacea

rosacea - Charlotte, NC

Understanding rosacea Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is one of the most common disorders of facial skin, yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. People with rosacea tend to feel isolated, or believe that their condition is rare. The fact is that more that 14 million Americans must deal with varying types of rosacea. Light- skinned people are most likely to develop it, but it can occur in others. An astounding fact is that a great percentage of rosacea patients rosacea know little or nothing about its signs and symptoms before prior to their diagnosis. Our intent here is to help you understand who is at highest risk, and what some of the most common signs and symptoms are. There is no cure for rosacea, but under the care of a capable dermatologist, it can be controlled. Are you at risk? Most people who get rosacea are between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. As mentioned before, most are fair-skinned, often with blonde hair and blue eyes. A great majority have Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry. Many rosacea patients have a prior history of severe acne. It is also believed that this skin condition is hereditary because a large…

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Treating rosacea before it gets worse

Rosacea - Charlotte, NC

The progression of rosacea The progression of rosacea can vary significantly from one individual to another. In most cases, the first symptoms may be mild flushing and persistent redness. The early stages of rosacea usually goes undiagnosed in so many people because the flushing and persistent redness are usually attributed to something such as skin that is sensitive to soap or sun exposure. Even when patients start experiencing multiple signs and symptoms of rosacea, they fail to seek medical help. In a few cases, it can take months or years before rosacea progresses beyond the initial symptoms of flushing and redness, for most people, the disease progresses rather quickly. Patients report, or need to visit a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment in the first few months to within a year. The point to be understood is that you should visit a dermatologist at your first suspected symptoms so that you can begin treatment before the problem progresses further. The symptoms of rosacea Beyond mild flushing and redness, the progressive signs and symptoms most commonly associated with rosacea are: Broken blood vessels on the skin Skin may sting and burn. Dry skin, roughness or scaling. Acne-breakouts Sensitive skin Spider veins Raised…

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