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What are the First Signs of Rosacea?

The first sign of rosacea is a red face brought about by frequent flushing.

The redness tends to concentrate on the nose and cheeks, however there are occasional early cases where the flushing appears only on the chin and forehead, and where the redness has spread to the chest.

Around the time of the first signs, men tend to experience more severe nasal inflammation whereas women are more prone to more generalized redness, however there are always exceptions.

The redness is caused by a swelling of the capillaries under the skin and can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on a variety of factors including individual sensitivity to environmental factors and skin care.

With repeated flushing, eventually the capillaries remain permanently swollen and dilated, leaving a permanent redness characteristic of sunburn or alcoholism.

This early stage of rosacea should be a "red flag" for treatment.

Left unchecked, rosacea almost always worsens, with each episode of flushing bringing patients closer to a more "ruddy" redness, bumps, pimples, papules, pustules, gritty or even bloodshot eyes.

The most severe rosacea presents as severe permanent facial inflammation, rhinophyma and impairment or even loss of vision.

Early stages of rosacea can be helped and deterioration slowed or prevented by adopting suitable topical rosacea medications and rosacea skin care.

Together with medication (topical and/or systemic), all rosacea patients should utilize, at minimum, a suitable rosacea cleanser and sunscreen.

Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Saturday, 15 May 2010.

Further Information: What are the First Signs of Rosacea? : Early Rosacea Symptoms : Study Suggests Hereditary Rosacea Link : Advanced Rosacea Symptoms : Ophthalmologic Abnormalities : Pustules : Sebaceous Hyperplasia : Telangiectasias : Papules : Flushing : Remission of Rosacea Symptoms : Rosacea Symptom: Burning (Summary List) : Rosacea Symptom: Tingling (Summary List) : Rosacea Symptom: Itching (Summary List) : Rosacea Symptom: Stinging (Summary List) : Rosacea Symptom: Facial Bumps (Summary List) : Rosacea Symptom: Pimples (Summary List) : Ocular Rosacea Symptom: Gritty Eyes : Ocular Rosacea Symptom: Blood-Shot Eyes : Rosacea and Allergic Reactions : Rosacea and Facial Swelling : Red Nose : Appearance of Sunburn : Appearance of Alcoholism :


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