Rosacea is known for causing redness and skin swelling, with flare-ups that can last for weeks or months at a time. If you have rosacea, you can get comprehensive care and treatment at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, PLLC from the clinic’s board-certified dermatologist Lance Henry, MD. The teams at this Fayetteville and Bentonville, Arkansas practice are experienced in helping patients find relief and teaching prevention methods for uncomfortable rosacea issues. Book your rosacea evaluation either online or over the phone.
Rosacea Q & A
What causes rosacea?
The cause of rosacea isn’t well understood, although medical experts find that a combination of genetics and environmental triggers tend to exacerbate the problem. You’re more likely to experience rosacea flare-ups due to:
- Drinking alcohol
- Vigorous exercise
- Prescriptions that dilate blood vessels
- Consuming hot drinks or spicy foods
- Exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures
In some cases, rosacea occurs because your skin doesn’t tolerate your soap, shampoo, face wash, or makeup. This is why it’s particularly important for rosacea sufferers to use products that are clinically designed for sensitive skin.
How can I tell if I have rosacea?
Rosacea most commonly develops on your face, particularly in the central part around your nose. You can usually tell that you have rosacea if you notice:
- Facial redness
- Enlarged nose
- Swollen red bumps that may contain pus
- Eye irritation, dryness, or swelling
It’s also common for your skin to feel hot and tender when you’re having a rosacea flare-up. The only way to know for certain if you have rosacea is to have a thorough exam and diagnosis at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, PLLC.
While there isn’t a single rosacea test to diagnose the condition, Dr. Henry sometimes orders laboratory testing to rule out other chronic conditions, such as psoriasis or lupus. He also carefully evaluates your overall medical history and current symptoms to help tailor your course of treatment.
Is there a cure for rosacea?
While no cure exists for rosacea, this chronic skin condition is certainly manageable with the help of Dr. Henry the specialized team at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, PLLC. Your customized treatment plan may include:
- Medication to reduce redness
- Oral acne medications or antibiotics
- Laser light therapy treatments (phototherapy)
If you don’t already, it’s also important to protect your face and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, since sun exposure can worsen rosacea. The team spends time counseling you on which triggers to avoid, and any lifestyle changes you can make to prevent future flare-ups.
Before you have another rosacea outbreak, schedule an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center, PLLC. Book your visit through the online scheduler or by calling the clinic.