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More than 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea. If you’re dealing with rosacea symptoms like a red face, prominent facial blood vessels, or a bulbous nose, you’re not alone — and there’s effective help available from the highly skilled and experienced doctors at Manhattan Dermatology. Use the online appointment maker or call now to schedule a visit at one of the two convenient locations in New York City’s Murray Hill and Midtown East.
Rosacea Q & A
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a condition that causes symptoms such as facial reddening, bumps, patchy skin, and dilated facial veins. In the most severe untreated cases of rosacea, the bumpy skin grows thicker and thicker. Usually, rosacea is most obvious on the cheeks and nose, but it can appear anywhere on your upper body.
Rosacea isn't obvious all the time. If you have rosacea, you may have clear skin for weeks or months, and then suddenly have a major flare-up.
While rosacea can be a difficult condition to cope with, the good news is that powerful noninvasive treatments are now available.
What causes rosacea?
The cause of rosacea hasn’t been pinned down, but heredity may play a role. If an immediate relative suffers from rosacea, you might be more likely to have it as well. Fair-skinned men and women are more likely to develop rosacea.
Often, rosacea flare-ups happen after exposure to a rosacea trigger. Some of the most common rosacea triggers include:
- High-temperature food
- Spicy food
- Alcoholic beverages
- Very cold weather
- Overexposure to sun or wind
- Intense emotions, such as feeling stressed
- Strenuous exercise
- Some beauty products
- Medications that cause blood vessel dilation
Being aware of your triggers can be the first step in managing your rosacea. If you avoid triggers and get effective treatment from your Manhattan Dermatology doctors, you've got the best chance of controlling rosacea now and going forward.
What is the treatment for rosacea?
Your rosacea treatment is customized based on your symptoms. Some of the most common rosacea treatments include:
Oral medications to reduce redness, kill bacteria, or clear up severe lesions may be effective for some rosacea sufferers. However, medication may not sufficiently reduce dilated blood vessels.
The Vbeam® laser is a nonablative pulsed dye laser that your Manhattan Dermatology doctor can use to target vascular lesions on your face. This laser is highly precise, as it passes through your upper layers of skin to go directly to the targeted blood vessels. The laser energy destroys the spider veins, forcing a collapse, and leaves all surrounding tissue healthy and intact.
Your dermatologist will discuss the treatment options with you to help you make the right choice. If you’re looking for rosacea solutions, schedule your appointment online or by phone now for help.
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