If you are suffering from rosacea, there is just no hiding the rosacea symptoms. They are as plain as day. Unfortunately, the symptoms do not only look unappealing, but they can also become very uncomfortable, sometimes even painful. Also, the cost of having rosacea does not remain on the purely physical level. People sometimes become so self-conscious that their self-confidence begins to waver. There are those who start to avoid other people, becoming very insecure about how they look.
The condition is not infrequently referred to as “red face’ for nothing. The face takes on an obviously red hue. If it were an attractive blush, that would have been perfect, especially for girls who like a small tinge of red on their cheeks, and are even inclined to put on cosmetic blush to attain this particular effect. Unfortunately the red is red as in flushed – unappealing, and very noticeably so.
The face, especially the cheeks, forehead, and chin, becomes peppered with tiny reddish bumps, cystic in appearance, different from a dose of whitehead or blackhead but just as unattractive. Sometimes parts of the skin may stand out from the rest, appearing like reddish patch-like raised scraps called plaques amidst the other unaffected areas.
The condition which is known in medical language as telangiectasia may often accompany rosacea. The blood vessels seem to pop out from where they are, becoming visibly dilated. Areas often affected are those surrounding the nose and cheek.
Ocular rosacea is still another manifestation, often affecting about fifty percent of rosacea patients. You feel as if you have intense heat and grit in your eyes – a painful and most uncomfortable feeling. The innermost skin found beneath the lids of the eyes – the conjunctiva — may swell and appear to have scales – a condition called conjunctivitis.
In some patients, ocular rosacea may take on the intensity that may be worrying. Eye irritation may be really bad; the patient may seem permanently teary-eyed or appear extremely sleep-deprived with blood-shot eyes. The eye infection called a style might be present. If the condition worsens and no medical consultation is availed of, the cornea may be damaged and vision affected, even lost.
You are strongly prone to appear as if you were strongly embarrassed out of your mind. You become flushed as if you had a fever or to blush without due cause. The skin may feel awkwardly stretched or tight. It may also become itchy, and when scratched, only becomes much worse. It may sometimes also feel as if it were burning, or has become stung by a bee.
The centermost area of the face may suffer from dryness and roughness. Sometimes, the skin toughens up or becomes thick as though enlarged from a superfluous tissue. The extra tissue may sometimes accumulate on the nose, in a condition referred to as, rhinophyma. You get the very far-from-delicate round, swollen, and bulging nose of a rhinoceros. This situation is prone to affect men who have rosacea.
Sometimes the face becomes edematose, swollen with water. Edema may come with other signs of rosacea, or it may occur on its own, a single independent symptom.
All these signs and symptoms of the condition are chronic. Sometimes they disappear, only to reappear for no clear reason at all. You may have a respite for about a week. Some even had had the symptoms disappear for as long as a year. In due time, however, the symptoms may appear as though from nothing and harangue you again.
Rosacea is a chronic condition. As such, there is no absolute sure-fire way to cure it and make all the symptoms evaporate into thin air. You can only manage the condition so that the flare-ups are contained and do not become worse.