Many patients with psoriasis suffer a lot from these itchy rashes because they interfere with their daily routines and give them sleepless night. Even the most basic of activities like walking can become quite hard in severe cases. Rosacea psoriasis is a chronic skin condition where the skin on the face appears red. The skin redness may be accompanied with small red bump that are filled with what appears to look like pus. It is for this reason that rosacea s also referred to as “adult acne.” However, rosacea and acne are two completely different skin conditions.
The psoriasis rosacea usually starts appearing at middle age but in some cases it appears in young adults. Individuals from the ages of 30 to 60 are the most commonly affected. Even though women are more commonly diagnosed with the condition, men are even more likely to exhibit very severe symptoms. [note]The condition is also more common in people who have fair skin. [/note]Without the proper form of treatment, the condition can get worse. Early diagnosis and proper treatment helps to prevent this from ever happening. Even though the disease doesn’t endanger a patient’s physical health, it is chronic and this means that it is ongoing. No cure has yet been discovered for it.
It is still not known what sparks up the condition. However, genetics are a likely culprit. Alcohol, though suspected by many, isn’t a cause. Drinking alcohol may cause the skin to flush in individuals who already have the condition. It may also cause dehydration which accentuates the psoriasis rash making it more visible and even itchier.
Scientists have also identified other factors such as skin mites, blood vessel disorder, gastrointestinal infection, and sun damage to be viable triggers. These and many others are all still under investigation.
Symptoms and complications
The symptoms of psoriasis rosacea include:
- Very small but still visible blood vessels on the face
- An enlarged nose tissue
- A flush face (the skin appears red or sunburned) the flushing comes and goes but lasts longer in more serious cases
- Red bumps with pus like areas on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead
- Burning sensation or grittiness in the eyes
The grittiness in the eyes is also known as ocular rosacea and it occurs in approximately 50% of people with rosacea.
There is no test out there but the doctor will examine the skin and ask about any cases in your family (family history). Since it is related to family genetics, people who have it in their family are also more likely to get it.
Prevention and treatment
While there is still no permanent cure out there, it is very much possible to manage the symptoms. Since it may worsen over time when not treated well, the condition is also less likely to worsen when treated early and by a qualified doctor.
Combinations of certain treatments and prescribed medication, as well as personal changes to skin care often help to manage it. [note]Your doctor may suggest avoiding certain types of harsh moisturizers, soaps and other skin care products that may increase the appearance of the redness on your skin.[/note]
Most of the prescribed medications aim to kill bacteria as well as reduce the inflammation and redness. The prescribed antibiotics are either topical (applied directly on the skin) or oral (taken by mouth). In some cases, anti-inflammatory medications may also be used. Both types of medications take a few weeks before any results can be seen.
A key component to success of any treatment is following the doctor’s instructions to the latter. If the medication prescribed doesn’t seem to be working, consider alternative medications or see a dermatologist. [note]Lasik surgery may help to reduce or in some minor cases eliminate the unsightly blood vessels and other minor symptoms causes by the psoriasis rash. [/note]However, this option is very expensive. Rhinophyma can be reduced with a little surgery.
Rashes similar to those caused by psoriasis can also be caused by syphilis or by allergic reactions to medicines like antibiotics. This is why proper diagnosis has to be done to determine the exact cause of the symptoms. If the rashes occur on your palms or on the soles of the feet, this may be an indication of something even more serious.