Rosacea risk checklist
You may be at risk for rosacea if you checked several of the
risk factors listed on the index page.
- Rosacea usually first strikes after age 30. A National Rosacea
Society survey found that 44% of sufferers developed the disease
when they were first in their 30s and 40s, and 43% were first
stricken after age 50. Any 13% experienced the disease before they
reached their 30th birthday.
- Rosacea seems to appear most frequently in individuals who tend
to flush or blush easily. There is evidence linking flushing to the
development of rosacea, and various factors that cause flushing
trigger rosacea flare-ups in many sufferers.
- Redness that lasts unusually long after a blush or flush can
indicate a tendency toward rosacea. The areas affected by the
redness are usually the cheeks, chin, nose, or forehead.
- Rosacea seems to be more common and noticeable in people with
fair skin, although it may also affect individuals with darker
- Standard acne medications often can irritate the skin of
rosacea sufferers. If acne remedies make your condition worse
instead of better, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and
appropriate therapy. If you have rosacea, prescription medication
- While rosacea affects all segments of the population, a
National Rosacea Society survey indicated it is particularly common
in Americans of these national heritages. The disease is so
widespread among the Irish that it has been dubbed the "Curse of
- A tendency toward rosacea may be inherited. In one study, more
than a third of rosacea sufferers could identify relatives who had
- The first sign of rosacea is usually a redness on the face that
comes and goes. As the condition progresses, the redness becomes
more permanent and ruddier.
- In many rosacea sufferers, small dilated blood vessels become
visible in the affected areas. These can now be corrected with
- In some rosacea victims, the eyes feel gritty and become
bloodshot as the disease grows increasingly severe. This condition
is known as ocular rosacea.
- Many sufferers report that others falsely assume that rosacea
symptoms such as a red nose, flushed face or bloodshot eyes are due
to heavy drinking. In actuality, while alcohol may aggravate the
condition, the symptoms can be just as severe in a
- In inflammation of rosacea typically results in acne-like bumps
and pimples, which standard acne medications can often make worse.
The best approach is to see your dermatologist for diagnosis and
appropriate medical therapy that can halt the progression of
rosacea and reverse its effects.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a
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