The disease is common and can affect anyone; Know the main symptoms and what causes them
with the death of Queen Elizabeth II, last Thursday (8), Prince Charles will be crowned the new king. During his public appearances, it was possible to notice his reddened face, which generated discussions about his health status.
The monarch suffers from an inflammatory skin disease known as rosaceaalso called facial erythema. Despite being more common in women over 30, rosacea can also affect men, especially people with light skin and eyes.
According to the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD), the condition affects 1.5% to 10% of the populations studied (in the United States and European countries).
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The cause of the disease is still unknown, but it is associated with several factors that cause blood vessels to dilate. This is the case of stress, consumption of hot or spicy foods and drinks, exposure to the sun or extreme temperatures, strenuous physical exercise, hot baths or saunas, in addition to the use of some vasodilator medications.
But, after all, how to identify this condition? We’ve listed four common rosacea symptoms for you to know about and keep an eye out for. Check out:
1. Facial redness
The red face, as with King Charles, is the most common symptom of rosacea, especially in the central regions of the face, which can spread across the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. The only region that is not normally affected is the eye contour.
In addition, it is also possible to notice small blood vessels that, as they dilate, become more visible. This symptom is known as telangiectasias and is characterized by a cobweb-like appearance.
According to SBD, the skin starts to become sensitive and becomes easily irritated with acids and dermatological products. Gradually, the redness becomes permanent, and other symptoms may appear.
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2. Acne-like papules and pustules
Another common symptom of rosacea is the appearance of papules and pustules that can often be confused with acne. These are inflammatory lesions whose main difference from the famous pimples is that they do not have black dots. In addition, it is also common to experience itching and burning sensation in the region where they arise.
Unlike rosacea, which is a chronic inflammatory disease, acne is an inflammation that happens when hair follicles (where hair grows) become clogged with sebum and dead cells, generating pimples, blackheads, cysts, lumps and scars.
3. Dry eyes and red eyelids
In some cases, eye symptoms are common, such as dry and tender eye inflammation at the eyelid edges, called blepharitis. This condition usually affects the region where eyelashes grow, and can cause itching. Changes are usually quite frequent: according to the SBD, they occur in 50% of rosacea cases.
4. Enlarged nose
In some more serious and rare cases, rosacea can thicken the skin of the nose, making it appear larger, wider and voluminous. This symptom is known as rhinophyma and is more common in men.
This uneven skin thickening can happen in other areas of the face, such as the cheekbones and ears.
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