Rosacea Treatment in Ocala, FL
What is Rosacea?
Many people assume that their face is naturally more red than others, when in fact, it could be due to rosacea. This skin condition affects over 16 million Americans and is becoming even more widespread with approximately three million new cases each year.
Dr. Maren C. Locke is a board certified and fellowship trained dermatologist in Ocala, FL. Dr. Locke specializes in treating rosacea by developing an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Dr. Locke will perform a full skin evaluation to determine which treatment option is best for you.
Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for rosacea and schedule your appointment with Dr. Locke today.
Symptoms & Causes of Rosacea
While rosacea can occur in anyone, it is most commonly seen in middle-aged women. Most people who suffer from this condition have one, or a combination of the following symptoms:
This is by far the most common symptom. The blood vessels in the middle of the nose and face become swollen and visible, causing redness.
Pimples that resemble acne can develop around the areas of redness. Just like acne, the pimples can feel hot and tender.
Many people don’t know that rosacea can affect the eyes. Suffers often exhibit eye dryness, irritation, redness, and swelling of the eyelids.
Occurring more in men than in women, the bridge of the nose can appear bulbous because of the thickening of the skin.
While no one knows exactly what causes rosacea, evidence suggests that it is hereditary. The condition tends to affect people between the ages of 30 and 50 and is seen more in those with fair skin. Environmental factors also appear to have an effect on the severity of symptoms. The following things may make symptoms worse:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Hot or spicy food
- Large amounts of caffeine
- Direct sunlight, humidity, or extreme temperatures
- Stress and anxiety
Types of Rosacea
Rosacea is most commonly seen around the nose and cheeks, but symptoms can spread to other areas of the face, and even reach as far as the chest and back. Since cases of Rosacea can vary in terms of symptoms, the condition is categorized into four subtypes:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea -Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels.
- Papulopustular rosacea – Redness, facial swelling, breakouts that look like acne.
- Phymatous rosacea – The skin thickens and develops a bumpy texture.
- Ocular rosacea – Eyes become affected. Eyes can appear red and eyelids become swollen.
Rosacea Treatment Options
A dermatologist will be able to determine if a patient has rosacea with a simple skin exam. Once diagnosed, rosacea is most often controlled with medication, cosmetic procedure, or a combination of the two.
In many cases, an oral or topical prescription will be prescribed to bring the condition under control. If these options work, most are safe to use long-term in order to keep symptoms from returning. The most common types of medication include:
- Topical cream – Topical creams are applied, usually, twice a day, to reduce inflammation and control redness.
- Antibiotics – Many times, oral antibiotics are prescribed over topical treatments because they yield faster results.
- Accutane – Reserved for severe cases that don’t respond to other treatments, this drug reduces the production of oil in the facial area.
- Tetracycline – For patients who are having symptoms that affect their eyes, tetracyclines can help reduce symptoms.
Cosmetic procedures are recommended when previous types of treatment aren’t taking care of symptoms, or for patients with severe cases. The most common cosmetic procedures include:
- Laser treatment – When patients have visible blood vessels, a dermatologist may use laser treatment to shrink them, thus reducing their appearance.
- Plastic surgery – When skin becomes thickened and creates an unnaturally round appearance, a patient may be referred to a plastic surgeon to have the excess tissue surgically removed.
Get Treated at Carlyle Dermatology Today!
If you’re suffering from symptoms of rosacea, and you would like to discuss your options, give Carlyle Dermatology a call! We’ll be more than happy to develop a treatment plan specifically catered to your needs. Call today at (352) 509-6105 and schedule your consultation today!