Rosacea is a skin condition that begins to appear when the person hits his or her thirties. Due to the prominent redness of the face and similar to acne like appearance this particular skin disorder can be quite trying for the person on a psychological level and if Rosacea is left untreated it can lead to severe health problems. Rosacea is classified into four different types: Ocular, Phymatous, Papulopustular and Erythematotelangiectatic. During this particular article I will go through each class individually to explain the differences between the types of Rosacea.
Ocular Rosacea is the first classification of this skin disorder. With the main features of this type centered around the eyes causing dry, itching and tearing. There tends to be a regular occurrence of styes developing which can lead to the eyelids becoming incredibly swollen. With this form of Rosacea taking place so close to the eyes it can lead to vision problem and if left untreated total vision loss.
Phymatous Rosacea is the second type of this skin disorder which will affect the skin around the nose area of the face. With this type the skin begins to thicken which will lead to the nose appearing much larger than normal due to all of the excess skin. Doctors refer to this as rhinopyma in cases where the nose becomes red and enlarged.
Papulopustular Rosacea is the third classification and this is also known as acne Rosacea due to its similar appearance with acne. With Papulopustular the person face tends to have a constant redness appearance to it and it is also contains a number of bumps and pimples. Like all forms of Rosacea if left untreated it can become severe rather quickly leading to other health concerns.
The last classification is Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea and this tends to be the most common form of the skin disorder. With Erythematotelangiectatic the person face appears to be flushed for long periods at a time. If left untreated this form of Rosacea can progress to the point where the facial veins become more prominent.
When it comes to treatment for Rosacea it is going to depend on how it is classified and how soon it is diagnosed. Although the psychological affects seem to be the most prominent if this skin disorder is left untreated it can become much worse and lead to more health concerns. As with any medical condition it is important to seek out professional help early so that the success of treatment will be at a much higher rate. Rosacea treatments have come along way in the last few years and hopefully in the near future there will be a cure for this particular skin disorder.