Rosacea Treatments London
Rosacea is a common rash, usually occurring on the face, which predominantly affects both middle-aged (age range 40 to 60 years old) and fair-skinned people. It is more common in women, but tends to be more severe in men. It is a chronic condition and, in any individual, the severity tends to come and go. Rosacea tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots (sometimes these may only be visible with a magnifying glass), often with a tendency to blush easily. There may also be uncomfortable inflammation of the eyes and eyelid.
How can rosacea be treated?
The inflammation that accompanies rosacea can be treated with preparations applied to the skin or taken by mouth; however, these will not help the redness or blushing that may be associated with rosacea. A rosacea clinic will suggest one of the following treatments:
- The inflammatory element of mild to moderate rosacea may be controlled with just a topical preparation (one that is applied to the skin).
- Useful preparations include metronidazole and azelaic acid. They take time, at least 8 weeks, for their effect to become evident.
- New topical applications are emerging now.
A rosacea treatment London clinic may prescribe oral antibiotics as they are helpful for the inflammatory element of moderate or severe rosacea. The most commonly used antibiotics belong to the tetracycline group and include tetracycline, oxytetracycline, doxycycline, lymecycline and minocycline. Erythromycin is another commonly used antibiotic. The duration of an antibiotic course depends on your response. Your doctor may suggest that you use a topical and oral treatment together.
- An eye specialist should manage the more severe types of eye involvement.
- A bulbous nose affected by rhinophyma can be reduced surgicall or with lasers.
- Unsightly redness and dilated blood vessels can be treated by a rosacea treatment London clinic with lasers and other light treatments.
- A beta-blocker tablet or clonidine may help if blushing is a big problem.
- Isotretinoin tablets are occasionally given for very severe rosacea.