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Over two million Canadians are affected by rosacea, a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin. Learn more about this disease and the factors that can aggravate it.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness, primarily of the facial skin – cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. At first, this redness can come and go, but as time progresses, it becomes more pronounced and lasts longer. It may also affect the ears, chest and eyes. Other signs of rosacea include:
Rosacea cannot be cured, but it should still be treated to ensure it does not worsen. If you think you have rosacea, make sure you consult a health professional.
There are four types of rosacea:
Researchers have yet to pinpoint the exact causes of rosacea, but they believe a combination of environmental and genetic factors may be involved. Commons factors that can trigger or aggravate rosacea include:
Rosacea can’t be completely cured, but with the proper care, you can prevent symptoms from appearing or getting worse.
Some prescription medications are effective at treating the redness. Depending on the severity, rosacea can often be treated with a topical medication (cream, gel, lotion or ointment). Metronidazole, ivermectin, azelaic acid, brimonidine and tretinoin are topical medications whose effectiveness has been demonstrated.
In more severe cases, oral medication may be necessary. These include oral antibiotics, such as isotretinoin (Accutane™).
Laser treatments and light therapy can also help repair broken blood vessels that don't respond to topical creams or oral medications.
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Do you have questions about rosacea? Speak with your family pharmacist for answers and information.
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