A Look at Rosacea

ROSACEA

Overview

Rosacea is a common skin disease that often spawns in people who have a tendency to blush, or flush, more easily. Often, symptoms begin with episodes of flushing though other symptoms may spawn as the condition progresses. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • The skin develops a bumpy texture and thickens (Phymatous rosacea)
  • The eyes turn red and irritated, with the eyelids swollen (Ocular rosacea)
  • Flushing, small blood vessels become visible, redness (Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea)
  • Swelling, spots (papules and pustules), redness (Papulopustular rosacea)

With the gradual progression of the disease, the redness gradually spreads beyond the cheeks and nose of the infected to the chin and the forehead.

What causes Rosacea?

Unfortunately, the experts are not certain of the exact causes of Rosacea. Listed below are some of the contributing factors:

  • Light-skin color tone

As compared to the fair-skinned people, a higher percentage of the light-skinned people are susceptible to infection.

  • Triggers

There are various factors that can aggravate the seriousness of a Rosacea infection. These factors increase the flow of blood to the skin’s surface. Some of these factors include hot foods, caffeine, temperature extremes, vigorous exercises, hot baths, spicy foods, hot drinks, as well as acute medical conditions.

  • Family history

As research has it, 30% to 40% of the patients that have been diagnosed with the Rosacea infection have close relatives who have the same condition. Unfortunately, the scientists are still not yet certain of what genes are involved and how they are passed on down the family hierarchy.

  • Abnormal facial blood vessels

Dermatologists suggest that abnormalities in the facial blood vessels are a major factor that contributes to Rosacea infection. Even though the cause of the inflammation of the blood vessels is still a mystery, the abnormal facial blood vessels cause the flushing and the persistent redness.

Who is at risk of contracting Rosacea?

Surprisingly, the Rosacea infection is quite common with research depicting that almost 1 in every 10 people is infected. In the UK, almost 1 in every 600 people is infected with Rosacea annually. Though it mainly affects the fair-skinned people, Asians and Africans are also susceptible to contracting the infection.

More often than not, women are diagnosed with the infection as compared to the men. For most of the cases of the people diagnosed with the infection, they are aged between 30 and 50.

Can you seek medical advice?

In the case of persistent symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a general practitioner before the condition aggravates. Though there is no specific test for Rosacea, your practitioner should be in a position to diagnose the condition you are suffering from by examining your skin, inquiring about the symptoms you have, as well as all of the possible triggers that you may possess.

In some cases, your GP may arrange for more tests such as a blood test or a skin biopsy so as to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms such as menopause, or lupus. The GP can easily distinguish a Rosacea infection from other skin disorders through the presence of enlarged blood vessels.

As Rosacea signs and symptoms are mainly found on the face, the presence of rashes on the scalp, or ears, indicates the presence of a different kind of diagnosis. The risk of the infection’s progression can significantly be reduced through early diagnosis and subsequent prompt treatment.

Usually, long-term treatment will be necessary though there may be instances when your symptoms may improve and treatment may periodically be dropped. In essence, treatment is a combination of self-help measures. They include:

  • Mirvaso gel and other creams: – to reduce the redness and the spots, medication is applied directly on to the surface of the skin.
  • Oral medications: – In the case of more severe spots, oral antibiotics (tablets or capsules) can help clear them.
  • Avoiding known triggers: – for example, avoiding hot drinks and spicy foods.

What is Mirvaso Gel?

It is a prescription-only treatment used to treat the facial redness of Rosacea and it was launched in the UK in March 2014.

Key Benefits of Mirvaso Gel

According to a clinical trial of over 500 adults, moderately-to-severely infected with Rosacea, results showed that Mirvaso gel was effective and fast in reducing the facial redness. These effects were noted just within 30 minutes of treatment. In a latter experiment, the results depicted that the long-term use of the gel is both effective and safe.

How to use Mirvaso Gel

Please take note to carefully read the enclosed leaflet before commencing treatment. Also, this gel is mostly suitable for the facial skin. Ensure that you smoothly and evenly apply a pea-sized amount of Mirvaso gel onto your forehead, nose, chin, and cheek. Avoid the gel coming into contact with your eyes, mouth and inside your nose. You immediately should wash your hands after application.

Ensure that the Mirvaso gel has dried on your face before you can make use of other gels, creams, and cosmetics. Avoid applying Mirvaso gel on irritated skin, or open wounds. In the case that there is severe skin irritation, or contact allergy, the gel should not be used at all.

Lastly, Mirvaso gel should not be used by people under the age of 18 years.