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Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition. It is characterized by inflammation of skin resulting in redness of face.

Rosacea is more common in women

Rosacea is more prevalent in Caucasians but it is also present in people from other races and ethnic backgrounds. It is three times more common in women than in men. It commonly attacks people in the age group of 30 to 60.

Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea is often confused with acne because the symptoms are very similar. But acne leads to development of scars on the face unlike rosacea. Some of the common symptoms of rosacea are as follows:

Blushing appearance of the face is one of the most common symptoms of rosacea

The blood vessels under the surface of the skin become enlarged due to inflammation. This results in increased blood flow beneath the skin surface. As a result of this the person affected by this condition seems to have a permanent blush or a flushing appearance.

Blotchy red patches on the face may be temporary or permanent

There are blotchy red patches or areas of redness all over the face. These are more common on the forehead or the cheeks. The red patches may come and go over a period of time or they may be present permanently. These red patches may often be confused with sunburns. There is formation of papules and pustules on these red patches. Papules are red pimples that are hard to touch. Pustules are filled with pus.The red patches are associated with itchiness. They are usually painless but in some cases the affected individuals may complain of burning pain.

Puffy and swollen look of the face is one of the symptoms of rosacea

The blood vessels under the surface of the facial skin are affected. They become inflamed and enlarged resulting in an increased blood flow. Over a period of time fluids start leaking from these blood vessels. Initially this fluid is drained by the lymphatic system. But gradually some fluid starts accumulating under the skin surface. This results in swelling of the skin and the person’s face looks swollen and puffy.

Rosacea may be characterized by telangiectasia on the face

Rosacea is a disorder of the blood vessels under the surface of skin. Sometimes these blood vessels become so inflamed and enlarged that they are visible under the facial skin. This is called as telangiectasia on the face.

Thickening of facial skin may be permanent

The chronic inflammation of the skin capillaries may lead to thickening of the facial skin. It usually happens over a period of time and may be permanent.

Symptoms of ocular rosacea

In almost half of the cases of rosacea, the condition may affect eyes. Ocular rosacea is characterized by inflammation of the eyes and the eyelids. People affected by this condition complain of redness, itchiness and burning pain in the eyes.

There may also be a sensation of a foreign body in the eye. In a rare but serious complication, the condition may affect cornea leading to blindness.

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