rosacea
ROSACEA
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory cutaneous disease of the convexities of the central face (cheeks, chin, nose and central forehead) and eyes with periorbital and perioral skin sparing. This condition is attributed to chronic vasodilation.
Remissions and exacerbations are common.
It typically begins after 30 years of age but may occur at any age.  It commonly affects fair-skinned individuals.
The common presenting symptoms are facial flushing, stinging/burning erythema, telangiectasia, edema, papules, pustules, ocular lesions, and hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands of the nose with fibrosis (rhinophyma).
A history of episodic flushing often heralds onset of rosacea.

Rosacea Signs and Symptoms

Definition

  • Chronic inflammatory cutaneous disease of the convexities of the central face (cheeks, chin, nose and central forehead) and eyes with periorbital and perioral skin sparing
    • Condition attributed to chronic vasodilation
  • Remissions and exacerbations are common
  • Typically begins after 30 years but may occur at any age, commonly affects fair-skinned individuals

Signs and Symptoms

  • Common presenting symptoms: Facial flushing, stinging/burning sensation, erythema, telangiectasia, edema, papules, pustules, ocular lesions, hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands of the nose with fibrosis (rhinophyma)
    • History of episodic flushing often heralds onset of rosacea
  • Ocular symptoms may include burning and stinging, dryness, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation and blurred vision 
    • May occur before or in the absence of cutaneous features 
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