Dr. Tom Miller explains who is likely to develop rosacea, and its early signs and symptoms.">

Feb 22, 2018 — Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that causes redness, itching, and unsightly bumps on the face. Without early treatment, rosacea can get worse, so it's best to take action when detected. On today's Health Minute, Dr. Tom Miller explains who is likely to develop rosacea, and its early signs and symptoms.

Interview

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Interviewer: Rosacea is a chronic and potentially disruptive disorder that causes itching, redness, and unsightly bumps on the face. It can continue to get worse without treatment, so early detection is important. Dr. Miller, what patients are at risk, and what should they be looking for?

Dr. Miller: Most cases appear between the ages of 30 and 50 years old and may afflict people with fair skin, basically those of northern European ancestry. Women are more likely than men to develop it, and there is usually a family history. So, if a patient is at risk for rosacea, the key is to seek treatment early.

Interviewer: And what are the signs to look out for?

Dr. Miller: Flushing and redness on the cheeks and nose that last unusually long, and one can also have tiny visible blood vessels on the face, and these signs are commonly accompanied by stinging, burning, and itching. If you see any of these signs, you should see your doctor or dermatologist for diagnosis as there is excellent treatment.

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