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What are rosacea symptoms and signs?

Typical signs and symptoms of rosacea include

  • facial flushing,
  • blushing,
  • skin redness (erythema),
  • burning,
  • red bumps and pustules,
  • small cysts, and
  • thickening of the facial tissue, especially the nose.

The symptoms and signs of rosacea tend to come and go. The skin may be clear for weeks, months, or years and then erupt again. Rosacea tends to evolve in stages and typically causes inflammation of the skin of the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.

When rosacea first develops, it may appear, then disappear, and then reappear. However, the skin may fail to return to its normal color, and the enlarged blood vessels and pimples arrive in time. Rosacea rarely resolves spontaneously.

Rosacea generally lasts for years, and if untreated, it tends to gradually worsen.

How long does facial flushing from rosacea last?

Early in the course of rosacea, facial flushing is transient, lasting for minutes to hours. Later, as the disease progresses, the flushing becomes permanent and the redness does not resolve.

Is it possible to prevent rosacea?

It is not possible to prevent rosacea, but it is possible to limit one’s exposure to triggering factors. Once the diagnosis of rosacea is made, it is wise to avoid factors like spicy foods, hot liquids, smoking, and irritating cosmetics that are known to trigger rosacea.

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Reviewed on 6/9/2017
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