Rosacea appears as redness on the skin, often accompanied by visible blood vessels. Outbreaks of small pus-filled bumps may occur, which causes this condition to appear like, and often be misdiagnosed as acne, rash, allergic reaction, and a variety of other skin problems. The Herschthal Practice, located in Boca Raton and serving patients in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and the surrounding South Florida communities, treats both cosmetic and dermatological concerns related to rosacea.
What Are the Common Symptoms and Causes of Rosacea?
The most obvious symptom is the facial redness that gives the condition its name. The redness persists in the central part of the face. Small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks may become visible. Red bumps resembling the pimples of acne may develop, causing the skin to feel tender and hot. About 50% of rosacea patients also have eye symptoms, including dryness, irritation, swelling, and redness. Eye symptoms may precede facial redness. While rosacea typically affects women more often, men with the condition are more likely to experience an enlarged nose, due to thickening of the skin, a disorder called rhinophyma.
The causes of rosacea are unknown, but it’s thought that a combination of heredity and environment contribute. Personal hygiene is not a cause of the condition.
Are There Factors that Affect Rosacea and its Severity?
Risk factors include:
- Gender – Women are more susceptible
- Fair skin – More affected by sun damage
- Family history
- Being over the age of 30
In addition, certain triggers aggravate rosacea by increasing flow to the face. These triggers include:
- Drugs that dilate blood vessels
- Sun, wind, and temperature extremes
- Spicy foods
- Hot drinks and caffeine
- Exercise and physical exertion
How is Rosacea Treated?
Some medications reduce the signs of rosacea, including both topical treatments and oral drugs. Topical solutions are temporary, reducing the redness of the affected areas. Oral antibiotics may combat the inflammation causing redness. Isotretinoin, a powerful anti-acne drug, can clear up the lesions of rosacea. This drug can cause serious birth defects, so it shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy.
Therapeutic procedures commonly used to treat rosacea symptoms include lasers and pulsed light therapy to reduce redness from enlarged blood vessels. Contact The Herschthal Practice today to schedule your consultation.
How Much Does Rosacea Cost in Boca Raton, FL?
The cost of your rosacea treatment is subject to a wide variety due to the number of different treatment options available. During your consultation at The Herschthal Practice, one of our board-certified dermatologists will evaluate your unique condition and formulate an individualized treatment plan. At this time we will be able to give you an accurate price for your treatment. Because rosacea is considered to be a “cosmetic concern” to many insurance companies, it is unlikely that your treatment will be covered under a medical insurance plan. However, to help keep our treatments both affordable and accessible, we accept all major credit cards as well as financing through CareCredit®.
We understand that living with rosacea can be frustrating and that many people afflicted with it feel self-conscious and insecure as a result. At The Herschthal Practice, led by board-certified dermatologists Dr. David Herschthal and Dr. Jordana Herschthal, we strive to provide you with the most effective treatment plan that medicine can provide. The Herschthal Practice serves residents of Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. If you’re seeking treatment for rosacea, we encourage you to contact us and schedule your consultation.