Dermatologist - How One Can Help Your Rosacea
A good dermatologist can help you from being red in the face from rosacea. Rosacea isn't pleasant to have, but it can be controlled to almost invisibility.
Embarrassing, I know. I've had rosacea, and it's not pretty.
Any dermatologist will tell you that rosacea is pretty much harmless, but it sure can cause a lot of embarrassment. It can lower your self-image quicker than a bear can come out of hibernation. And it can even cause you to want to stay away from people or social activities.
So, how come some people get it and others don't?
Well, you're more prone to get it if you are between the ages of 30-50, are of fair skin tone and a woman. Hey, I didn't make the rules! It's just the way it is. Men can get it too, but the symptoms seem more severe in them than in women.
There. Does that make you feel better?
Dermatologists tell us that rosacea is actually nothing more than blood vessels under the skin that swell. What causes them to swell isn't actually known. An examination and questionnaire about your medical past may give clues as to why it's cropping up now.
Some of the most common symptoms are:
-Redness in the face that appears like blushing
-Red spider-like patterns on the face
-A red or bulbous-like nose
-Skin sores that might ooze
-A burning sensation on the face
But there's good and bad news for the rosacea sufferer.
The bad news is - there is no cure for it. But with a little work, it can be controlled. The good news is that a dermatologist can help you figure out what is triggering your symptoms so you can avoid it or them. In my case, it was stress that was my biggest trigger. I toned down the stress and voila! the rosacea went bye-bye.
But there are other things your dermatologist will suggest that may be of tremendous help to you as they were to me.
-Don't get too much sun. If you must be out in the sun, be sure to use sunscreen.
-Try to keep your outside activity to a minimum in hot weather.
-Try hard to reduce stress. (This worked for me!)
-Don't drink a lot of hot beverages. These do a number on blood vessels.
-Watch the spicy foods and alcohol intake.
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