In the initial stages of Rosacea, occasional attacks of intense flushing occur around the nose, cheeks, chin and ears. This tends to occur in embarrassing or anxious situations or when drinking alcohol or eating hot or spicy foods.
The flushing attacks tend to worsen becoming more prolonged, covering a wider area of skin. They are accompanied by the skin feeling hot and uncomfortable until eventually the skin on the forehead, cheeks and nose become persistently red.
In addition to redness, small raised bumps and small white blisters filled with pus start to develop on the skin. These spots look rather like acne and are the reason why Rosacea has been described as ‘adult acne’ or ‘acne Rosacea’. Small blood vessels in the skin become permanently enlarged, appearing as tiny spidery red lines under the surface (telangiectasia)
Occasionally, Rosacea causes the nose to enlarge and redden, a condition called rhinophyma. This often starts at the tip of the nose, but may spread to the rest of the nose as well. The skin on the nose may thicken, becoming coarse and irregular. Rhinophyma is thought to be twelve times more common in men than in women. Other symptoms of Rosacea can include irritation of the eyelids, blood-shot eyes and swelling of the face, this can occur at any stage of Rosacea.
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