Rosacea is a common but poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that is estimated to affect over 16 million Americans. Many of those who suffer don’t realize medical help is available to control the signs and symptoms of this potentially life-disruptive disorder.
Symptoms of Rosacea include facial redness, burning, stinging, itching, and some patients may even develop swelling. The same flushing that brings on Rosacea’s redness can be associated with a build-up of fluid in the tissues of the face. It often occurs above the creases from the nose to each side of the mouth and can cause a “baggy cheek” appearance. It is also believed that in some patients this swelling process may contribute to the development of excess tissue on the nose (rhinophyma), causing it to become bumpy. A survey found that 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of this condition. This condition can cause significant psychological and social problems. In surveys by the National Rosacea Society, more than 76 percent of rosacea patients said their condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41 percent reported that it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.
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