Often confused for acne or an allergic reaction, Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive and Greater Des Moines Area, Iowa, offers several ways to control the symptoms associated with the common skin condition known as rosacea. Stop suffering from flare-ups that last for weeks or months, and call or make an appointment online today.
The symptoms of rosacea include:
The most common symptom associated with rosacea is persistent redness in the center of your face caused by small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks swelling and becoming visible.
Another prevalent symptom is pimples that resemble acne. These bumps often contain pus and cause your skin to feel hot and tender.
Nearly half of those with rosacea also experience eye dryness, as well as irritated and swollen, reddened eyelids.
Occasionally, rosacea causes the skin on your nose to thicken, making your nose look bigger than usual.
Based on your symptoms, there are four subtypes of rosacea Dr. Ducharme diagnoses:
Regardless of the type of rosacea with which Dr. Ducharme diagnoses you, if left untreated, redness becomes permanent.
Since there's no specific test for rosacea, Dr. Ducharme reviews the history of your symptoms and performs a physical examination of your skin. However, since some forms of acne, psoriasis, eczema, and lupus mimic rosacea, Dr. Ducharme often performs tests to rule out other conditions.
Because there’s no cure for rosacea, treatment focuses on controlling your signs and symptoms and often include:
Dr. Ducharme applies a special gel to your skin, which works to constrict your blood vessels. Though results often become visible within 12 hours after application, the effect is temporary. To maintain improvement, apply the medication regularly.
Certain antibiotics help reduce bacteria and fight inflammation.
This powerful acne drug helps treat severe rosacea that doesn't respond to other therapies.
Because rosacea affects everyone differently, it can take time to figure out how to manage your condition. Call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive, Iowa to find the best way to prevent an outbreak and develop a treatment plan.