Rosacea is a skin condition that takes the form of many symptoms. It is triggered by a variety of reasons – some more compelling than others. For all these reasons, one treatment which may be very effective for one patient, resulting in immediate and remarkable results, may not work at all for another person.
Consulting a skin-care professional is always the best means to approach a problem like rosacea. And every physician will take all measures necessary to assess the condition from all the pertinent angles before prescribing a rosacea treatment tailor-fit for the patient’s particular circumstances.
There are many oral medications, as well as topical treatments which a dermatologist may suggest that you use. These are usually indicated to address the redness, itch, cyst-like pustules, and other symptoms of the condition.
Depending on how severe and far-gone the condition is, the first line of therapeutic treatment is frequently a duo of oral/topical treatments so that the symptoms are immediately and effectively arrested. Once the condition has become rather more stable and less severe, your skin-care physician will likely discontinue the oral medicines but advise that you carry on with the topical treatment so that the symptoms stay under remission.
Your doctor is apt to prescribe an oral antibiotic—more to cope with the inflammation than to deal with bacterial infections which may not necessarily be present. Antibiotic treatment is usually resorted to because of the speed by which results are attained. Tetracycline, minocycline, amoxicillin, and erythromycin are some of the most popular oral-antibiotics approved by physicians. Continuing, long-standing oral medication, however, is not usually availed of because of the adverse side effects. If you take them for an extensive period, you are likely to have tummy disorders, mouth/tongue sores, and episodes of queasiness. You are also likely to develop microbial-resistance, rendering the therapy moot after some time.
Isotretinoin is sometimes prescribed when the severity of the swelling warrants the use of a stronger drug. This medication is usually used for cystic acne. It serves to regulate the oil produced by the sebaceous glands. This drug calls for strict supervision by a physician. The side effects may be grave. Some people taking this drug have been known to become frequently depressed. Some individuals even harbor suicidal tendencies. Physical side effects may include soreness/pain in the bones/joints and skin rashes, sometimes of the severe variety. It is contra-indicated for pregnant women.
Some symptoms have to be treated with more than just oral/topical measures., Sometimes, surgical procedures or laser therapy may be warranted to address the more difficult and complicated issues.
In the case of telangiectasia where blood vessels dilate and become very visible through the skin, some doctors may suggest the use of laser therapy or intense-pulsed-light sources. Using the suitable light wavelength may be able to reduce the inflammation. Each separate blood vessel can also be exposed to electrosurgical procedures.
If rhinophyma accompanies the rosacea – this is the condition where superfluous tissue may amass on the nose, making it appear bulbous and disfigured—surgery may be called for to correct the situation. The excess nasal tissues may be pared down using electrosurgery. Systemic-therapy using antibiotic drugs may contain the progress of rhinophyma. It is also useful to control blepharitis (the condition referred to which is characterized by swelling of the eyelids).
Ocular rosacea affects the conjunctiva, causing a burning, gritty sensation in the eyes, as well as an inflammation and scaling on the inside part of the eyelids. In this case, your doctor may make you take antibiotics and other specialized therapeutic measures. The appropriateness of the rosacea treatment is important. You doctor is the best person to determine this upon employment of the necessary diagnostic courses.
It is also important to carry in mind that rosacea is a chronic condition. It comes, and it goes, depending on the presence or absence of mitigating factors as well as on the general health and resistance of the patience. Thus the objective of the treatments, by and large, is to manage the symptoms, not to cure the condition.2016-08-08