Symptoms of Rosacea

The signs and symptoms of rosacea may vary from person to person depending on the intensity of the condition. Some of the common symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Flushing or Facial Redness: Triggers of rosacea like sun exposure and alcohol consumption stimulate and increase the flow of blood in the facial region that causes an expansion of blood vessels. These expanded blood vessels make the face appear red and inflamed. Women usually experience this type of redness on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin whereas men usually experience it on the nose, neck, and chest.
  • Pimples: Pimples are another common sign of rosacea that usually appear in or around the reddened areas of skin. Rosacea pimples are usually different from acne, blackheads, or whiteheads and they may or may not be filled with pus.
  • Telangiectasia: The appearance of small, red, thin lines on the face is known as telangiectasia. These small blood vessels have a spider web-like appearance and are normally seen on the cheek area.
  • Swollen Nose Bumps: Mostly men who suffer from severe rosacea experience swollen, red nose bumps known as rhinophyma. This symptom is quite rare in women.
  • Eye Irritation: People suffering from rosacea also experience redness, burning, dryness, tearing, and general itching in the eyes. In some cases, there may even be styes and inflammation in the eyelids. Many sufferers also experience blurry vision and in severe cases, vision damage is a possibility.

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