Clinical Update: Rosacea

Rosacea is a dermatologic disorder that, in most cases, only involves the skin of the face. The eyes are also sometimes affected. Rosacea is not dangerous and the causes of it are unknown. Rosacea is more common in women, those with fair skin, and those between 30 and 60 years of age. Signs and symptoms of rosacea include frequent redness or flushing; telangiectasia (small red lines under the skin); acne; rhinophyma (enlarged, bulbous, red nose); and thickening of the skin on the forehead, cheeks, and nose. Eye effects can include dryness, itching, tearing, redness, burning, eyelid edema, photosensitivity, and impaired vision.

Treatment of rosacea is geared toward controlling the symptoms and improving the skin’s appearance. Topical or oral antibiotics, eye care (including steroid eye drops), electrosurgery, or laser surgery may be indicated to treat rosacea depending on the severity of the disease. In some cases, treatment of rosacea includes surgical correction of rhinophyma.

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Treatment options for rosacea with concomitant conditions
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
February 2011

Inflammatory Rosacea: A Triad Plan of Action
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
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