Rosacea

Ducharme Dermatology, Inc

Erin Ducharme, MD, FAAD

Board-Certified Dermatologist located at the junction of Waukee & Clive, Iowa

Often confused for acne or an allergic reaction, Dr. Erin Ducharme, MD at Ducharme Dermatology, Inc. in Clive, 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.

Rosacea Q & A

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

The symptoms of rosacea include:

Facial redness

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.

Swollen red bumps

Another prevalent symptom is pimples that resemble acne. These bumps often contain pus and cause your skin to feel hot and tender.

Eye problems

Nearly half of those with rosacea also experience eye dryness, as well as irritated and swollen, reddened eyelids.

Enlarged nose

Occasionally, rosacea causes the skin on your nose to thicken, making your nose look bigger than usual.

What are the different types of rosacea?

Based on your symptoms, there are four subtypes of rosacea Dr. Ducharme diagnoses:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Flushing and visible blood vessels accompany redness.
  • Papulopustular rosacea: Swelling and acne-like breakouts occur with redness.
  • Phymatous rosacea: Skin thickens and develops a bumpy texture.
  • Ocular rosacea: Eyes look red and irritated, and eyelids appear swollen with sty-like growths.  

Regardless of the type of rosacea with which Dr. Ducharme diagnoses you, if left untreated, redness becomes permanent.

How is rosacea diagnosed?

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.

How is rosacea treated?

Because there’s no cure for rosacea, treatment focuses on controlling your signs and symptoms and often include:

Medications that reduce redness

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.

Oral antibiotics

Certain antibiotics help reduce bacteria and fight inflammation.

Isotretinoin

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.