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Getting Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea is skin condition that causes changes in ones appearance.  It usually affects the face and occurs in people between the ages of 30 and 50.  The condition causes redness, swelling, lesions, bumps and thickening of the skin. 

It is thought to be genetic in nature because it runs in families and usually occurs in people who are fair skinned, blond hair and blue eyed.  However, it can affect anyone regardless of their physical appearance.  Additionally, it usually occurs more often in females than males.

There are different stages of rosacea.  Treatment works best when it is done at the earliest signs of symptoms.  For each stage of the condition there are specific treatments that work the best to relieve the symptoms.

Stages of Rosacea

Rosacea is categorized into four stages based upon symptoms.  They are as follows:

– redness and visible blood vessels

– bumps and lesions

– thickening skin

– eye problems

Treatment Options

The treatment options for the redness and visible blood vessels usually involve topical ointments or a special sensitive skin sunscreen.  Medications may also be given to help reduce swelling.  For blood vessels the eletrocautery may be done using an electric device that destroys the blood vessels.  Laser therapy may also be used but it is done over a course of 4 to 8 treatments.

The treatment options for the bumps and lesions stage is usually aggressive because the condition responds very well to treatment at this stage.  Topical medications and oral medications are often used.  Non antibiotic medications may also be given to reduce swelling along with antibiotic medications to fight bacteria infections.

The treatment for the thickening of the skin stage involves using lasers to remove the thickened patches of skin.  Dermabrasion is often used to help exfoliate away thickened skin.  Electrocautery may also be used at this stage.

The treatment for rosacea affecting the eye is usually eye drops and oral antibiotics.  Daily eye washing may also be required.  Other hygiene methods may also be suggested to help combat dryness.

There is no cure for rosacea so treatment should be sought for relief from flare ups.  It may also help to record flare ups and try to track down what triggers them.  Triggers can then be avoided for prevention of flare ups.

Treatment gets more difficult as the condition progresses so seeking early diagnosis and treatment is essential to trying to stop the progression of the condition.

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