Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions that dermatologists and doctors help treat. But, even with all of those people seeking treatment, there are still many who go undiagnosed. It is estimated that nearly 5.5% of the worldwide population has rosacea, and that includes many who aren’t aware they have the condition or are not getting treatment for it.
Of those who have rosacea, it is predicted that only around 18% of rosacea sufferers are currently receiving treatment for their rosacea. Some of the most common first signs and symptoms of rosacea may seem mild enough to some that it gets shrugged off or mistaken for something else, like a sunburn or general blushing.
Also, in the initial stages of rosacea, the symptoms may come and go, making the person underestimate that this may be a long-term persistent skin condition. In a survey of over 1,000 people with rosacea, participants reported flushing and facial redness to be the most common first symptoms they experienced to signal that something was going on.
According to this survey, other more intense symptoms including bumps, pimples, visible blood vessels, burning or stinging of the skin, dry skin appearance, raised red patches, and swelling of the skin developed later on in the progression of the condition. While it may not seem extremely important to rush off to a dermatologist from just noticing more flushing or blushing, it turns out that this could signal the beginning of rosacea, which can progress into permanent skin redness, tissue overgrowth of the nose, or even damage to your eyes if left untreated.
Rosacea is one of those conditions that tends to progress into more visible and detrimental stages if the vessels are allowed to continually expand in an uncontrolled way, so initiating treatment early on is vital. If you feel like you are seeing more facial redness or flushing, you may be experiencing the first stages of rosacea, and the sooner you seek treatment for rosacea, the easier it will be to control the progression of this common skin condition.
There are many medications available to help with the overdilation of the vessels under the skin causing the redness, as well as treatments to clear any small pimples or pustules that may develop.
To get control over your rosacea, speak with a doctor in person or online at Strut Health to ensure that your rosacea doesn’t go untreated, even in the beginning stages.