What is that stubborn redness across your face and nose? It could be rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin condition. Although it is noncommunicable, rosacea seems auto-immune, puzzling both patient and doctor alike. Here at Northwest Arkansas Clinical Trials Center in Rogers, AR, rosacea is one of many skin conditions that Dr. Cheryl Ann Hull and her team investigate. Read on to learn how we can help you with your rosacea and get you the clearer skin that you deserve!
Exactly what is rosacea?
Medical News Today reports that 14 million Americans suffer in varying degrees from it as it takes on different forms and severity. More women than men have flare-ups of rosacea, and the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology says that most sufferers are ages 30 to 60.
No one knows for sure what odd skin condition is, so the dermatologists in Rogers and across the country focus on describing rosacea rather than trying to define it. Although its exact causes remain unknown, the professional staff at Northwest Arkansas Clinical Trials Center are working hard to promote research, new medications, and therapies to advance clinical trials and control this frustrating condition.
Doctors see four different kinds of rosacea, each appearing in a different location or having a different presentation or texture. For instance, some rosacea rashes are bumpy to the point of being weepy pustules, some are red and flat, and some simply look as though they are constantly blushing.
Triggers and treatments
Regardless of how rosacea manifests, all patients desire relief. Accordingly, it helps to know and avoid rosacea triggers, such as:
- Hot liquids like coffee, tea, soup, and cocoa
- Spicy foods
- Medications which dilate superficial blood vessels in the skin
Keeping a symptom diary is helpful as is taking the medications prescribed by your dermatologist. They may include topical creams and gels, Accutane (an acne medication), steroidal drops (for ocular rosacea), and regular application of sunscreen. Daily washing with a mild soap and cool water helps to prevent and control flare-ups.
At Northwest Arkansas Clinical Trials Center, helping patients to lead healthier lives drives is what we do. From medication management to clinical trials and patient education, Dr. Hull and her team can help you control your rosacea! You'll have access to the latest diagnostics and treatments. Call us today at (479) 876-8205 for more information on clinical trials. We'd love to partner with you!