Introduction

A bright red swollen nose is something most people associate with over consumption of alcohol, but it is more likely to be due to rosacea - a skin condition that develops in adulthood. While the exact cause of rosacea is not known, and it is not caused by alcohol consumption, drinking alcohol can make rosacea worse in people who already have it.

Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by facial redness, commonly a “butterfly appearance”, and sometimes pimples. It affects all ages and can affect the skin and the possibly the eyes. If left untreated it usually worsens over time. The skin condition mainly affects Caucasians, and affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. It’s peak age of onset between 30 and 60 years of age.

The rosacea typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, or forehead, but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, ears, and scalp. In some cases, additional symptoms, such as telangiectasia(dilation of superficial blood vessels on the face), red papules(small bumps) and pustules, red gritty eyes, burning and stinging sensations, and in some advanced cases, a red lobulated nose, called rhinophyma, may develop.

Triggers that cause episodes of flushing and blushing play a part in the development of rosacea. Exposure to temperature extremes can cause the face to become flushed as well as strenuous exercise, heat from sunlight, severe sunburn, stress, anxiety, cold wind, and moving to a hot environment from a cold one. There are also some food and drinks that can trigger flushing, including alcohol, food and beverages containing caffeine, foods high in histamines and spicy foods.

Certain medications and topical irritants can trigger rosacea. Some include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, isotretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, and tretinoin. Steroid induced rosacea is caused by the use of oral, topical or nasal steroids treatments.

There are several treatment modalities that can be used for the treatment of rosacea including special antibiotics, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Fraxel Restore Laser. Dr Buddy Beaini from MD Cosmedical Solutions can advise you of the best available treatment for your rosacea and any other dermatological skin conditions.

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