Since April is Rosacea Awareness Month, we wanted to share information about this common skin condition. More than 16 million Americans have rosacea, yet most people who have it don’t know they do. It’s important that people who have rosacea get treatment; it’s also important that more people understand rosacea so that sufferers find greater public acceptance and understanding of their condition. Keep reading to learn all the facts about rosacea.
How do you know if you have rosacea?
The most common sign of rosacea is facial redness. The skin often flares up and becomes redder – similar to a sunburn that worsens and doesn’t go away. Bumps and pimples may accompany rosacea, along with visible blood vessels and facial burning, stinging and swelling.
Symptoms of rosacea usually appear in early adulthood, tending to run in families and fair-skinned individuals. For many sufferers, the eyes are also affected; they may appear bloodshot and feel dry or gritty.
If you have any of these warning signs of rosacea, request an appointment with Dr. Brooks online or give us a call at (208) 888-0660. Dr. Brooks is a board-certified dermatologist with over 17 years of experience; she can diagnose and treat rosacea.
What causes rosacea?
Some factors make one more likely to develop rosacea than others. Rosacea often develops in those who are 30-50 years old. It is also more common in fair-skinned individuals who have blond hair and blue eyes.
There are also genetic links to rosacea; you’re more likely to develop it if you have a family history of the condition.
Rosacea also has different triggers (food-related and environmental) that can cause it to flare up. Dr. Naomi Brooks can help you identify and avoid such triggers.
How is rosacea treated?
Dr. Brooks treats rosacea in a number of different ways. Once you visit with her, she will determine the best treatment option/s for your particular case of rosacea.
She may advise topical medication, oral medicine, and light-based treatments, including IPL (intense pulsed light) to help reduce the effects of rosacea. She may also suggest changes to your daily routine to prevent new flare-ups and avoid possible triggers.
If you or someone you love has rosacea – or you suspect so – schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks. In addition to her advanced qualifications and experience, she will give you and your family the highest level of care possible.
And even if you or someone close doesn’t have rosacea, hopefully the information shared here will help you be more understanding to the many who suffer from the condition.
Schedule an appointment with Boise Dermatology & Medspa
In addition to rosacea, Dr. Brooks offers medical & cosmetic dermatological care for many other conditions. Request an appointment by contacting Boise Dermatology & Medspa online or by phone at (208) 888-0660.