Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects an estimated 14 million people in America and can cause facial redness, acne-like pimples, visible small blood vessels on the face, swelling and/or watery, irritated eyes. This inflammation can affect parts of the face including the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids as well as other areas of the body like the neck, scalp, chest, or ears. People with severe rosacea may experience a bulbous and bumpy nose from tissue build up. It is not contagious, but there is some evidence to suggest that it is inherited. There is no known cause or cure for rosacea. Please review the rosacea.org website for lots of easy to digest, insightful information on rosacea.
There are a great number of treatments for rosacea, including personal behavior modification and prescription creams and pills. They overall are very safe and effective. Sometimes the treatments need to be used continuously, and other times, they can be used intermittently. Persistent redness and dilated blood vessels can be resistant to medical treatments, but usually are very successfully treated with lasers, which are not covered by insurance.