With more than 16 million Americans suffering from rosacea, what surprises is that most of the infested people aren’t aware of what they are going through. One of the major reasons behind this unawareness is that there are no specific tests for it. Even if you are making a visit to the doctor, they will be checking on the history of your symptoms, followed by a physical examination. In case, your doctor recommends you to undergo some tests, it would be just to rule out other conditions, like psoriasis, lupus, or eczema. As these conditions cause signs and symptoms similar to those of rosacea, these tests help avoiding wrong diagnosis.
So the major problem is that rosacea is confused with many other problems. It appears as a red rash on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, and it is often accompanied with pimples or bumps, it is frequently mistaken for acne.But it is not any form of acne. Similarly there are many myths which you need to discard seriously. Have a look:
#Myth: Acne in Younger Age Lead to Rosacea Later
One of the major misconceptions is that acne in teenagers causes rosacea when they grow up. It is also referred to adult acne but there is no link found between rosacea and teenage acne. You need to know that rosacea is primarily a condition of the vascular system. On the contrary, teenage acne is mainly due to bacterial condition. But yes, it is possible for you to experience both conditions simultaneously.
#Myth: Too Much Alcohol Intake Causes Rosacea
Actually, alcohol affects the flow of blood in your body. As stated earlier, rosacea is a vascular condition and drinking alcohol in huge amount can lead to flare-ups in the sufferer. But it is not the reason behind its emergence. It can be assistive in complicating the symptoms but only if the sufferer is already predisposed. However, having rosacea never mean that the person is an alcoholic.
#Myth: The Food You Eat Causes Rosacea
This is completely wrong. There are studies which have shown that diet has no role in causing rosacea directly. Hence, if you are keeping your favorite french fries, chocolate, peanuts, sugar candies, etc. away just for this reason, you don’t need to. But you need to understand that there are foods which can trigger an allergic reaction. So you must keep a check on whatever you consume.
#Myth: Rosacea is Highly Contagious
Not at all! It cannot be transmitted from one person to the other. Rosacea, in particular is not caused by dirt or germs. So there is no such thing as ‘rosacea bacteria’ which will be transferred by a rosacea sufferer. Also it is not similar to scabies infestation caused by time mites which is highly contagious.
#Myth: Acne Treatments can be Used for Rosacea
It is pretty clear now that the latter has mainly to do with dilated blood vessels. Therefore, the medications for acne which targets sebum production (retinoids), bacteria (antibiotics), and abnormal shedding of skin cells (salicylic acid), are not going to be helpful.
How to Treat Rosacea?
The major focus should be on controlling the signs and symptoms. Usually, it will include a combination of skin care and prescription treatments. The duration can vary as the type and severity of symptoms.