Dr. Koreen is an experienced dermatologist whom patients trust to care for their skin using the most up to date methods. Skin rashes can appear different from person to person. While a rash may seem a minor, temporary problem, there is the need for attention to detail in diagnosing any skin condition. When treating skin rashes in our Huntington, NY dermatology office, one of the questions we consider is whether we are looking at a standard rash or if irritation is the sign of rosacea.
What is rosacea?
In many cases, rosacea is initially thought to be something else, like a rash or acne. This condition causes inflammation and redness in the skin on the chin, cheeks, nose, and forehead, sometimes one of these areas and sometimes all of them.
More than 14 million people in our country have been diagnosed with rosacea. Still, it is not a highly recognizable problem. Rosacea poses no serious threat to health, but due to the potential for frequent outbreaks, it can be very concerning to the affected individual. Finding out that what you thought was a skin rash is actually rosacea can be good news. When you know what you are dealing with, you can begin to make strides in the right direction through proper therapies.
Ways to differentiate rosacea from a rash
Amidst the similarities between rosacea and a rash or acne, there are telltale characteristics that point to this condition:
- Eyes often feel dry and irritated
- Redness and inflammation localizes in the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead
- Visible blood vessels develop on the face and neck
- Red, hard bumps may develop on the face, giving the appearance of acne
Managing skin health
Rosacea appears differently on every person who has it. During consultation with Dr. Koreen, you can determine the accurate diagnosis for your condition. Most importantly, you can benefit from years of experience that will outline a plan of attack against unhealthy skin. With proper care, it is possible to minimize the severity and frequency of flare-ups and to regain confidence and comfort.
Some of the ways that we may address rosacea include identifying triggers so they may be avoided. This may be stress, food, or some other factor. To decrease redness, light therapy may be performed. In addition, routine skin care is important. Our team may recommend types of sunscreens, moisturizers, and other topical solutions that soothe irritation and promote healthy skin.
Do you have a persistent rash? Call the Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center to schedule a consultation and examination with Dr. Koreen.
Last Updated - August 2015
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