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The Four Types Of Rosacea

Posted Feb 22 2010 7:56am

Rosacea is a skin condition that begins to appear when the person hits his or her thirties. Due to the prominent redness of the face and similar to acne like appearance this particular skin disorder can be quite trying for the person on a psychological level and if Rosacea is left untreated it can lead to severe health problems. Rosacea is classified into four different types: Ocular, Phymatous, Papulopustular and Erythematotelangiectatic. During this particular article I will go through each class individually to explain the differences between the types of Rosacea.

The first classification we will look at is Ocular Rosacea. This particular type involves the skin disorder appearing around the eyes leaving the person with dry, itching and tearing of the eyes. A common occurrence with Ocular Rosacea is styes that may come and go also the eyelids can become swollen. Due to the region of the face that is being effected it can lead to vision problems and if left untreated total vision loss may take place.

The second classification is Phymatous Rosacea which affects the area of the face around the nose. The skin around the nose begins to thicken and because of this process the nose tends to look enlarged due to all of the excessive skin. This is known as rhinopyma with the nose becoming red and much larger than normal.

Papulopustular Rosacea is the third classification and this is also known as acne Rosacea due to its similar appearance with acne. With Papulopustular the person face tends to have a constant redness appearance to it and it is also contains a number of bumps and pimples. Like all forms of Rosacea if left untreated it can become severe rather quickly leading to other health concerns.

The last classification is Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea and this tends to be the most common form of the skin disorder. With Erythematotelangiectatic the person face appears to be flushed for long periods at a time. If left untreated this form of Rosacea can progress to the point where the facial veins become more prominent.

When it comes to treatment for Rosacea it is going to depend on how it is classified and how soon it is undiagnosed. Although the psychological affects seem to be the most prominent if this skin disorder is left untreated it can become much worse and lead to more health concerns. As with any medical condition it is important to seek out professional help early so that the success of treatment will be at a much higher rate. Rosacea treatments have come along way in the last few years and hopefully in the near future there will be a cure for this particular skin disorder.
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