Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that can be described as facial redness and can also include pimples and even swelling.  While this is a harmless skin condition normally, there are situations where this condition will affect the eyes and this can be significantly problematic in some cases.  When this problem occurs, there is a treatment, which is not always required, but it can reduce inflammation.  Both men and women alike can be affected by rosacea, but the condition is usually more of a problem for women.  For some women, their rosacea will start out in the first stage with redness on both their cheeks and foreheads as well as their nose.  Amazingly, this problem is caused by dandruff most of the time.

Four types of rosacea have been classified and documented over the years and they are:  Ocular rosacea, phymatous rosacea, papulopustular rosacea and erythematotelangiectatic rosacea.  These types of rosacea can often be caused by peptide types, bacteria types and mite types.  The peptides responsible for some rosacea cases are known as cathelicidins.  Medical professionals’ research has shown that some of those who suffer from this skin condition are also experiencing increased levels of these peptides and also elevated levels of certain enzymes.  For those who suffer from the type of rosacea these elevated levels of peptides and enzymes, there are various different medicines now to decrease the levels of these biological factors.  Rosacea can also be caused by intestincal bacteria and these bacteria are one of the most common reasons that a person might suffer from rosacea.  Many patients with rosacea will be asked to undergo a hydrogen breath test.  This is a test that is used to obtain information on whether or not a person is suffering with a problem of bacterial overgrowth in their small intestines.  Demodex mites are also known to be a cause of rosacea.  A person who has more mites than usual or certain mite types, these mites could easily be causing rosacea.

There are other causes of rosacea as well.  For instance, moving from a cold place to a hot place or vice versa can easily cause rosacea.  The dramatic change in climate from one extreme to another can cause a certain “shock” and sometimes severe irritation to the skin and this can cause the facial redness that is associated with rosacea.  Increases in caffeine intake are also known to lead to rosacea in some cases as well as an intake of certain food items such as:  pork, beer, red wine and even old cheese.  If you believe you are suffering from rosacea and one of these scenarios sounds fitting, you may want to seek medical help and talk about treatment options with your doctors, which will usually be special prescription drugs especially made for rosacea.

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