Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rosacea Myths


Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and small bumps on the face. It is chronic and progressive with flares and remissions. Sometimes it is called "adult acne" and sometimes the patient has a red, bulbous nose (rhinophyma). Rhinophyma is more common in men and develops slowly over years. Think W.C.Fields or Bill Clinton.

Patients with rosacea tend to blush easily, especially across the nose and cheeks. Small blood vessels (telangiectasia) can become visible. Unfortunately, it seldom clears up on its own and does get worse over time.

There have been a lot of myths about rosacea and who gets it. In medical school I was taught it was a sign of alcoholism. A new case controlled study from Harvard Medical School, and reported on at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting, found there was no relationship to alcohol use in patients with rosacea. None at all.

The people with rosacea were three times more likely than controls to have a family member with the condition and 8 times more likely to have had a blistering sunburn. There was no difference in patients with hypertension, another myth dispelled.

Most people with rosaea have fair or light skin. There are no specific tests to diagnose rosacea.

Like so many things in life, genetics play a key role in rosacea. Avoiding a severe sunburn seems to be key, but clearly we don't know who is at risk and who is not. Topical antibiotics are used to lessen the redness and we know that antihistamines are of no benefit. Eighty-five percent of people say their rosacea is affected by change of season and they flare up in very hot or very cold weather.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Then what is it called that is noticiable in alcholics when they do have redness in their face? I can think of two examples of people I know like this.

tracy said...

i have roceasa and while alcohol does not cause it, i know that alcohol can make it somewhat worse, for me.

When i quit drinking for about 3 years, one of my greatest disappointments was that the roseaca did not show a dramatic improvement!

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Dusty said...

This is how I found your blog - searching for Rosacea. I am not much of a drinker (I think, "a beer on the patio would be nice tonight" then forget to get the beer). I average about 1 - 3 drinks a month maybe. Having a pretty bad "episode" right now. I think my trigger is when I am out running in humid heat in case you were interested in triggers. :)

thank you for the info you have posted.

Anonymous said...

I came across this website rosacea.net that clears up some of the myths behind rosacea and answers a lot of questions about it. It's a website by a licensed dermatologist.

andre said...

its not just because of alcohol,, its because of iritation or sunburn, each people have different skin type

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Its not a myth but reality and hope the doctor can solved it

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Anonymous said...

i have rosacea i`ve never drink alcohol in my life.. so it´s not a cause

Sue said...
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Sue said...

I am DARK skinned and don't drink. I have had rosacea for quite some years, but it's now painful enough that Im getting help. It doesn't just affect pale skin people. Drinking's got nothing to do with it. I have noticed that when we went to hot countries, it got worse.

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What a aterrible consdition. A friend of mine thought he was getting this skin disease, but fortunetly the doctor told him he just had problems with an excessive quantity of pimples, but he is gonna be ok in a few weeks.

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Rosacea said...

Unfortunate that genetics increases risk