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December: What is Rosacea?

Patients who have been diagnosed with rosacea are all too familiar with the red, flushing appearance of their facial skin that can come along with small pimples and bumps. This condition is extremely common and impacts patients of all ages. It is a condition that can cause patients to feel incredibly self-conscious about the way they look, and may keep them from having the confidence they deserve. At Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, we offer not only definitive diagnosis of such conditions, but also solutions to alleviate the redness and help patients regain their self-esteem.

What is rosacea and what symptoms will I notice?

Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes inflammatory facial redness. For many, it gets worse over time, with more redness across the face. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Persistent facial redness
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Thickened, bumpy skin
  • Acne-like pimples
  • Irritated, red eyes and eyelids

In addition to the above, some patients even develop light sensitivity with their eyes. This can be extremely bothersome for patients, especially those who work outdoors or in well-lit areas.

Avoiding flare-ups

Most rosacea patients experience flare-ups, or times when the condition worsens. These flare-ups are commonly caused by certain triggers. Triggers may be environmental or due to specific activities. Some of the more traditional triggers that are often found by patients include:

  • Increased levels of stress
  • Exercise
  • Hot beverages
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Extreme temperature changes
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcoholic beverages

By avoiding these triggers, some patients can manage the redness of their skin. However, some patients may notice redness at all times as the condition becomes more chronic and long-lasting. This is when patients will often reach out to a dermatologist to learn more about treatment options.

Are you struggling with red, flushed skin?

Patients who have conditions such as rosacea often deal with embarrassment or lowered self-confidence because of their skin’s redness. If you are looking to take charge of your rosacea, it is time to contact Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Call (813) 877-4811 to request an appointment with Dr. Michael Scannon and his associates at 4200 North Armenia Avenue, Suites #1 and #2.

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