Rosacea Treated by Dermatologists at Mercy in Baltimore

Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore, MD

Rosacea is a common skin condition that typically affects the face. Our experienced dermatologists of Dermatology at Mercy can diagnose rosacea, offering patients treatments that reduce and control signs and symptoms. 

About the Condition

Rosacea is a common condition that causes redness on the skin. It is typically found on the face, but may sometimes spread to the ears, chest or back. This redness may appear as a slight color variation on the skin, but it may also include acne-like breakouts or swollen bumps.

Rosacea most commonly affects middle aged women with fair skin, but can affect males or females of any age. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown and can worsen if left untreated. The condition can flare up for a period of weeks to months and may sometimes be mistaken for acne or an allergic reaction. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

The signs and symptoms of rosacea may vary depending on the severity of the condition. The most common symptoms of rosacea include the following:

  • Facial redness
  • Redness that extends to the ears, chest or back
  • Red, swollen bumps
  • Irritated or dry eyes
  • Enlarged nose

Your dermatologist may rely on a history of your symptoms, as well as a physical examination in order to diagnose your condition. 

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Treatment Options

Since there is no cure for rosacea, treatment is aimed at relieving the symptoms of your condition. Early treatment for rosacea may be critical in reducing the severity, as rosacea tends to worsen over time. Prescription medications and antibiotics may be used to treat rosacea. In addition, light therapies, such as photodynamic therapy may be used to treat rosacea. It is important to discuss your condition with the dermatologists at Mercy Medical Center at the first sign of symptoms.