Rosacea Treatment in Lake Charles LA
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that impacts up to 10% of people, although most don’t realize that they have it. It usually affects the skin on the face, causing redness and the formation of small bumps that are similar to acne. Fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 60 are the most commonly affected. Although there is not currently a cure for rosacea, Dr. Shondra Smith offers treatment options to relieve its symptoms and prevent flareups, including oral medications, topical creams, IPL, and other laser treatments.
If you suffer from rosacea in Lake Charles LA and surrounding areas, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What are Symptoms of Rosacea?
Symptoms are usually visible on the face, and they occasionally spread to the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Symptoms usually come and go, flaring up for a while and then fading for a period of time. Symptoms include:
- Flushing or blushing easily
- Small red bumps or pustules
- Visible blood vessels
- Burning or stinging
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Red or swollen eyelids
Rosacea is classified into 4 stages. Early rosacea symptoms include frequent blushing, which leads into to a persistent redness on the face. Vascular rosacea symptoms involve the swelling of small blood vessels around the nose and cheeks. Oily skin and dandruff are also common during this phase. Inflammatory rosacea is the stage during which the small bumps begin to develop, spreading across the face. Late rosacea is the most advanced phase, during which all previous symptoms intensify.
If left untreated, symptoms will continue to worsen and could cause permanent skin damage.
What Triggers Symptoms?
Symptoms, which tend to worsen periodically, can be triggered by the following:
- Hot or spicy food or drink
- Alcoholic beverages
- Extreme temperatures
- Hot baths or saunas
- Anger, embarrassment or stress
- Strenuous exercise
- Medications that dilate blood vessels
- Corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
Although the specific causes of rosacea are unknown, a combination of hereditary and environmental factors appears to be involved.
How is Rosacea Diagnosed?
Diagnosis is accomplished through a simple physical examination of the skin on the face. Sometimes tests are administered to rule out other possible skin disorders, such as eczema or lupus. While there is no cure for rosacea, many treatments are available to relieve symptoms. Through a medical consultation with Dr. Smith, patients should be able to pinpoint some of their triggers and learn to avoid them.
What Rosacea Treatment Options are Available?
Using makeup to disguise and cover up redness helps many people feel less self-conscious. Medical treatments, the use of which depends on the severity of your condition, may include the following:
- Topical ointments
- Oral medications
- Laser treatments
If you are looking for rosacea treatment options, give us a call today at (337) 477-0011 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith. We serve those located in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff, and Jennings, LA, Orange, TX, and surrounding areas.