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Rosacea

Rosacea

Do you have flushed, bumpy red skin on your face? If so, you may have a skin condition that doctors call rosacea. Although there is no cure for rosacea, keep reading to find out more about the treatments that Doctor Roya can prescribe that will soothe symptoms and change your life.

Rosacea Overview

Rosacea is a benign skin condition that affects a very large number of people (5.46% of the adult population worldwide), especially women. Often mistaken for acne, those are the symptoms you need to check before jumping to conclusions:

  • Persistent redness especially in the central part of the face;
  • Visible veins on the nose and cheeks;
  • Swollen bumps that look a lot like acne
  • Affected areas with a burning sensation;
  • Dry, irritated, or swollen eyes and/or eyelids;
  • A bigger nose.

Although men are less affected by rosacea, they can sometimes be subject to more severe forms. Rosacea is mostly found on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Its causes blood vessels in the face to dilate which causes redness, bumps, and acne-type lesions in the affected areas. To learn more about these symptoms, you can make an appointment with Doctor Roya in one of her clinic centers located in the New York City area (Manhattan, Long Island, Queens)

While the scientific community doesn’t really know what causes rosacea, they believe that an overactive immune system, environmental factors, or a combination of the two could trigger the development of rosacea. That said, it’s good to know that it is not contagious. There are, however, certain categories of people who have more chances of getting rosacea: 

  • Women;
  • Skin that has a tendance to sunburn;
  • People aged over 30;
  • Smokers;
  • People that have rosacea in their family.

Symptoms can suddenly flare up and then subside for periods of time. Possible causes for flare ups are the following: 

  • Hot drinks and spicy foods;
  • Alcoholic beverages, especially red wine;
  • Extreme temperatures;
  • Exposure to sun or wind;
  • Emotions;
  • Exercise;
  • Some blood pressure medications or any medication that dilates blood vessels;
  • Certain cosmetics, skin, or hair products.

Rosacea can also have negative psychological effects. Since rosacea causes disgraceful redness and bumps on the face, it can be a cause of low self-esteem and have adverse effects on the patient’s well-being. Patients with rosacea may not feel good about the way they look and therefore are prone to anxiety and depression. 

Patients who don’t feel good about themselves due to rosacea should immediately seek medical assistance. Doctor Roya is a nationally acclaimed family doctor who knows how to diagnose and effectively treat rosacea. Schedule an appointment today!

How to treat rosacea with Doctor Roya

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above or if you think you may possibly have rosacea, the first thing to do is to see a good family doctor. Located in the NY area (Long Island, Manhattan, Queens), Doctor Roya will carefully make an inventory of the symptoms you are experiencing and will conduct a thorough examination of your skin. Other tests may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Furthermore, Doctor Roya may need to refer you to an ophthalmologist if your eyes are affected. 

Since rosacea cannot be cured, Doctor Roya will prescribe medication to alleviate and control your symptoms. Entrust your health concerns to one of the nation’s leading physicians. Doctor Roya accepts most major health insurances, so treatment is affordable for most patients. 

Rosacea medication

Depending on your symptoms, Doctor Roya will prescribe either topical treatments or oral drugs or a combination of both. Finding the effective treatment often requires a period of trial. You may need to try one treatment for a certain time to see if it works, and if it doesn’t, move on to a different treatment. 

Laser therapy for rosacea

Doctor Roya can also recommend a laser or light therapy to treat your specific case of rosacea in one of her clinic centers located in the NY area (Long Island, Manhattan, Queens). Different therapies are available and each one is recommended for certain types of rosacea. These laser treatments eliminate the blood vessels that are visible in the affected areas of the patient’s face.

These therapies are completely painless and have proven to be very effective in treating rosacea. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatologists has found that 50 to 75% of patients obtain highly satisfactory results after one to three sessions of laser therapy with results lasting up to three years. There are some minor side effects that can occur after laser therapy. However, these side effects are not at all dangerous and usually disappear very quickly. Possible side effects include: 

  • More redness on the face and nose
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Tight skin

Laser treatment is not covered by health insurance. Three sessions are usually required in order to see the results.

Types of laser treatment

Erbium YAG Laser

Pulsed-dye lasers

CO2 lasers

Intense pulsed light therapy

Indications

Elimination of blood vessels, bulbous nose

Elimination of blood vessels and vascular lesions

Correction of bulbous nose or other scarred or thickened tissue

Elimination of redness, uneven skin tone, undesired pigments

Laser treatment is a very efficient way to take care of rosacea, as shown into the following before and after picture:

Rosacea Before and After

FAQs

Unfortunately, there isn’t any kind of test available that can diagnose rosacea. Doctor Roya can diagnose rosacea by thoroughly examining your symptoms and asking you a few questions about you and your family’s medical history. 

Most dermatologists recommend that patients with rosacea clean their faces by using a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm water daily. To avoid irritating the affected areas, they can gently apply the cleanser with their fingers or use a very gentle washcloth. Contact Doctor Roya to find out more!

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