Sale and Altrincham Messenger 6 June 2013
FACIAL REDNESS….a typical symptom of rosacea
The cause of rosacea is unknown, though there can often be a family history of similar symptoms. There can be a number of “˜triggers’ which make its symptoms worse, including alcohol, exercise, high and low temperatures, hot drinks, spicy foods and stress. Identifying these factors is an individual process, however, because what causes a flare-up for one person may have no effect on another. There is no specific diagnostic test for the condition.
Whilst at present there is no cure for rosacea, its symptoms can usually be managed with medication and lifestyle modifications. In the short term, avoiding the triggers that affect you personally would be important, as would daily use of a strong sunscreen. A cleanser/moisturiser aimed specifically at rosacea sufferers would also be beneficial. For more severe cases topical antibiotic treatment would be indicated, though a thorough assessment by your GP or skin doctor would be appropriate before deciding on what particular medication might work best for you.