Understanding Rosacea

Other Potential Signs and Symptoms

  • Eye Irritation

    In many rosacea patients, the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as ocular rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and swollen, and styes are common. Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help.

  • Burning or Stinging

    Burning or stinging sensations may often occur on the face. Itching or a feeling of tightness may also develop.

  • Dry Appearance

    The central facial skin may be rough, and thus appear to be very dry.

  • Plaques

    Raised red patches, known as plaques, may develop without changes in the surrounding skin.

  • Skin Thickening

    The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, most commonly on the nose. This condition, known as rhinophyma, affects more men than women.

  • Swelling

    Facial swelling, known as edema, may accompany other signs of rosacea or occur independently.

  • Signs Beyond the Face

    Rosacea signs and symptoms may also develop beyond the face, most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.




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The National Rosacea Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with rosacea by raising awareness, providing public health information and supporting medical research on this widespread but little-known disorder. The information the Society provides should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace

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