Rosacea Causes

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This is a serious skin condition that looks like a bad case of acne. The condition displays papules (crusty pimples), pustules (pus filled pimples), rhinophyma, bulbous, puffy cheeks and enlarged red nose. The person may experience greasy skin also known as seborrhea or spider veins referred to as telangiectasia.

The skin condition first appears in the ages between thirties and forties. It begins with a slight redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead or chin. If untreated rosacea tends to get worse. With time the redness spreads slowly and by the age of sixty, it involves the eyes making them irritated and blood shot. In more advanced cases the redness may involve the nose as well because of constant tissue use. A condition referred to as rhinophyma.

Research has revealed the disease to be caused by several factors. Some of the investigators of the disease have linked it to the presence of bacterium helicobacter pylori which is also the cause of peptic cancer. A Japanese study revealed that sixty five percent of patients with rosacea had this microorganism. However, the study involved seventy percent of the whole population.

It would appear as if the bacterium is not the cause of the disease, but an antibody that is associated with the killing of helicobacter pylori was found in one hundred percent of the patients that recovered completely, from the treatment of rosacea by use of antibiotics. These results are confusing because they suggest that the bacterium is not the cause of the disease but killing the bacterium cures the person from rosacea disease. Most of the physicians treating rosacea sufferers avoid prescribing antibiotics and only resort to it on short term basis in severe cases.

Another investigation linked the cause of rosacea to Demodex follicularum, which is a type of house mite. The house mite is a microscopic spider relative that usually resides in healthy skin and feeds on sebum, the oil secreted by the skin. It is commonly noticed first under the eyelashes. A person with these mites under their eyes suffers from burning eyes, sticky eyes and itchiness. The microscopic mite also lives on the face, cheeks, forehead, on the external ear channel and anywhere on dogs. It is the cause of mange in dogs.

The infestation of Demodex follicularum was found on about twenty percent of rosacea patients. The elimination of the mite most often cures the disease. In the late 1920s laboratory scientists found that the mite only affects skin that is riboflavin deficient. Meaning that you do not have to get rid of your mangy dog if both of you get vitamin treatment.

Some medical books explain that the disease is common in cold climates where people often get red faces due to the cold weather. However, exposure to the sunlight is just as possible to cause rosacea as exposure to the cold. In fact the dry weather poses more severe problems. According to these researchers, people with rosacea have sun damaged skin. Normally the connective tissues are broken and loose, they are not capable of supporting the blood vessels hence allow inflammatory cytokines to accumulate and cause outbreaks.

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In addition to these factors is stress. When people are stressed, the nerve cells on the skin break open releasing adrenaline and substance P. Substance P reaches the skin through the bloodstream and increases the growth and productivity of the cells that make oil. This way a lot of oil is poured out into the follicles helping with rosacea treatment.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27