Diagnosis of Rosacea:
Rosacea is considered a chronic skin condition which is characterized by reoccurring episodes of flushing, erythema, edema, vasodilation, telangiectasia, papules, pustules, hyperplasia, itching, burning, pain, and skin tightness. Symptoms of rosacea can be exacerbated by a variety of factors including but not limited to sun exposure, hot weather, and immersion in hot water, high humidity, sweating, exercise, emotional stress, and spicy food. Onset of rosacea usually occurs between the ages of 30 to 50 and occurs more frequently in women than men.
There's no specific test that can diagnose rosacea. Instead, doctors rely on the history of the person's symptoms and a physical examination of the skin to diagnose the disorder. A diagnosis of rosacea can currently only be determined by clinical symptoms and can be confused with other dermatological diseases such as acne, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis or lupus.
Learn more about the dual effect of rosacea and dermatitis at The International Rosacea Foundation.
More Information about dermatitis can be found at The International Eczema-Psoriasis Foundation.
More Information about treating and living with dermatitis can be found at Dermatitis-Ltd.