Rosacea affects the face, the forehead, nose and cheeks tend to be worst affected. Symptoms include flushing, redness, spots, and sometimes thickening of the skin particularly of the nose which may lead to a related condition called rhinophyma where the nose becomes enlarged and reddened. This is more often seen in men.
Rosacea can also affect the eyes, causing problems such as dry eyes and sore eyelids. A complication that affects the cornea (front of the eye) is uncommon but serious. You should see your doctor immediately if you develop any eye pain or visual problems. Most commonly with rosacea, just the skin is affected and most cases are mild.
Rosacea is sometimes called acne rosacea, because it sometimes looks similar to acne with the development of spots. Rosacea is however, not the same as acne.
Symptoms of rosacea
- Reddening and flushing of the face, similar to blushing.
- Redness of parts of the face. May look like sunburn.
- Small lumpy red spots and small cysts on the face which look similar to acne.
- Thread veins on the face. These are tiny blood vessels under the skin, which you can see and can become quite visible on the face.
- Eye symptoms (also called ocular rosacea) symptoms are usually mild but up to half of rosacea sufferers may experience these. Symptoms include stinging or itchy eyes, redness around the eyes, dry eyes, burning, sensitivity to light.
- Eyelid problems such as styes, cysts or eyelid inflammation (blepharitis).
- Inflammation and infection of the cornea (the front of the eye) is an uncommon but serious complication.
- Thickening of the skin occurs in some cases, more likely in men. The most well known example of this is called a rhinophyma (a bulbous, bumpy nose).
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