From the Latin, 'Like roses' and commonly referred to as the 'Celtic curse'.
It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the face in which the skin becomes abnormally flushed. At times it can become pustular and weepy. The condition may affect both sexes in all age groups but it is more common in women in their middle or late middle ages. The cause is unkown.
It usually affects the hair follicles and their associated sebaceous glands involving most commonly the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Sometimes the neck and upper chest may be affected. It is accompanied by an increased reactivity of the capillaries causing temporary flushing (in the initial stages) and “permanent” erythema (redness) in later stages. Interspersed inflamed pinhead papules and pustules may also appear.
As the condition progresses, the erythema does not fade and permanent dilation of the capillaries results - (telangiectasia). Chronic and deep inflammation of the nose may occur, mainly in males, leading to rhinophyma (bulbous craggy swelling of the nose).
Lymphoedema (swelling) around the eyes and the forehead may develop.
When involvement of the eyes occurs the following symptoms may be experienced:
- Mild conjunctivitis with soreness and lacrimation (overproduction of eye fluid-tears)
- Blepharitis – inflammation of the eyelids
- Inflammation of the cornea (keritis) and the sclera - the whites of the eyes (Scleritis) may occur.
- Should the eyes be involved it is important for the patient to be referred to an Opthalmologist (Eye Specialist).
In rare cases Otophyma – cauliflower-like swelling of the earlobes and Gnathophyma- swelling of the chin - may occur
In many cases of early rosacea,we have succeeded in clearing up the condition completely. With regard to moderate to severe rosacea, we are able to provide patients with the means of managing the condition to the extent that it is clear for most of the time due to our protocols enabling the condition to be put into remission.
Our protocols for the treatment of Rosacea are based on clearing up symptoms using dietary advice and through the use of naturally-based topical and oral medications such as ointments, creams, gels, lotions etc as well as targeted nutritional and botanical oral medications.