Rosacea in Boston, MA

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea causes the skin to appear red and inflamed and is most commonly seen on the cheeks and nose. It can frequently be confused with other skin conditions but can be treated and managed once diagnosed correctly. Skin Center Boston in Boston, MA offers cutting-edge solutions, such as laser therapy, to lighten skin and minimize symptoms. Anyone can have rosacea, but it's most common among middle-aged older women with fair skin. While it can be managed, there is no actual cure for rosacea. If left untreated, it can worsen over the years, causing symptoms to persist and flare up for weeks on end. Dr. Vladyslava Doktor can assess the skin for symptoms and develop a custom treatment plan to help keep symptoms at a minimum.

What Causes Rosacea?

Though the specific cause of the rosacea is unknown, it's thought to be brought on by a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. People of Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry seem to have a greater likelihood of rosacea. It's also common that those who have rosacea normally have other relatives who suffer from severe acne or rosacea. Similarly, individuals who are likely to have bad acne have a greater chance of developing rosacea. Scientists also believe that overreactions in the immune system can cause rosacea, especially when the immune system panics with exposure to a particular bacterium or even a mite. These theories, however, have not been demonstrated to be entirely supported.

There are also a large number of factors that are known to aggravate rosacea because they increase the blood circulation to the top of the skin. These can include spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks, sunlight, extreme temperatures, hot baths or showers, anxiety, anger, embarrassment, strenuous exercise, and certain medications.

Restore Your Self-Esteem

Rosacea not only causes physical symptoms but psychological ones as many patients find themselves self-conscious in social settings due to the redness on their face. If you think you may have rosacea, please contact Skin Center Boston to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vladyslava Doktor so you can put the worry behind you. Our exceptional team is knowledgeable on cutting-edge remedies to offer help and hope to those with rosacea.

What Are Symptoms of Rosacea?

Signs of rosacea can vary from mild to severe. The standard indication of rosacea is a red face. In the majority of individuals, the central portion of the face is noticeably red. The blood vessels of the nose and cheeks can swell. Other symptoms include swollen red bumps on the face that looks similar to acne. Sometimes, the bumps are pus-filled. The skin may also feel hot and tender to the touch. Roughly half of those who suffer from rosacea have eye problems, such as irritation, dryness, and red, swollen eyelids. In rare situations, the nose can look swollen because the condition can cause the skin around the nose to thicken, which leads to a bulbous appearance.

Is It Possible to Manage Rosacea?

Even though there is no cure for rosacea at this time, there are many treatment choices available, including antibiotics that help with flare-ups. The medication comes in capsule form or as a cream, lotion, or gel. It's important to note, however, pills tend to be more successful in providing rapid results but can result in more side effects. If antibiotics aren't effective, acne medications, such as isotretinoin, have shown to work for many patients. Some situations might require surgery when the symptoms become irreversible, like enlarged blood vessels or inflammation that will not subside with other remedies. Laser procedures can be used to minimize the look of blood vessels and remove excessive tissue buildup around the nose.

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