Rosacea, a skin condition that causes the skin to appear red and inflamed, is commonly presented around the nose and cheeks. It can frequently be mistaken for other skin conditions but can be treated and managed if diagnosed properly. Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL offers several advanced solutions. Rosacea can occur to almost anyone, but it's widespread among middle-aged older women with fair skin. This is a skin condition with no actual cure, but it can be managed. If left untreated, it can worsen over time, causing symptoms to return and flare up for days or weeks. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson will evaluate your skin for rosacea and develop a personalized treatment plan to keep the symptoms at a minimum.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"Each time I visit the offices of Ft. Lauderdale, I feel compelled to write a great review. Once is never enough. Dr. Wilkerson and his Medical Assistant, Jackie provide the most caring, thoughtful and most important, knowledgeable treatment one could want. The office is clean, the doctor is very well trained and as a bonus, one never gets the feeling of being rushed. I wish all the other doctors I have seen over the years, dermatologist or not were as caring and just plain nice. And as a bonus, even in these terrible Covid times Jackie has been known to provide a glass of water or a cup of coffee, unheard of in most physician's offices today Once again, if I could give them more than five stars, I would double them."- J.F. / Google / May 18, 2021
"Great Dermatology office! Not only were they prompt with contacting me after my initial appointment request, ( unlike multiple other places that I have STILL yet to hear back from ) they got me in within a couple weeks, all through e-mail and texts, which is always my preferred method of contact. Dr. Wilkerson was very nice, calming and informative during my skin cancer screening and I'm glad my PCP suggested this office. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends in the future if the need arises."- T.S. / Google / May 12, 2021
"Great Doctor, great assistant. In my unfortunately many years of treatment for skin cancers I have seen several doctors, some good, some not so."- J.H. / Facebook / Apr 27, 2021
While the specific cause of rosacea is unknown, Dr. Wilkerson believes that it's caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental aspects. People of Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry seem to have a higher incidence of rosacea. Patients usually have other family members who suffer from rosacea or severe acne. People who are prone to have bad acne have a higher risk of developing rosacea. Scientists believe that immune system overreactions can cause rosacea, especially when the immune system overreacts to a particular bacterium or a mite. These theories, however, haven't been shown to be fully validated.
There are a significant number of factors that may aggravate rosacea since they increase the blood flow to the surface of the skin. These can include alcohol, spicy foods, hot beverages, sun, extreme temperatures, hot baths or showers, stress, embarrassment or anger, strenuous exercise, and certain medications.
Signs of rosacea can vary from mild to severe. The standard sign of rosacea is a red face. In most patients, the central portion of the face is noticeably red. The blood vessels of the nose and cheeks can swell and become visible. Other symptoms include red and swollen bumps on the face that looks similar to acne. Sometimes the bumps are pus-filled. The skin can also feel hot and tender to the touch. Around half of rosacea sufferers have eye problems, such as dryness, irritation, and reddened swollen eyelids. In rare circumstances, a patient's nose can appear enlarged because rosacea can cause the skin around the nose to thicken, which results in a bulbous appearance.
Although there is no cure for rosacea, there are a number of treatment alternatives available, like antibiotics that help with inflammation. You can use the medication in a pill form or as a cream, lotion, or gel. Pills tend to be more effective in the short-term but can trigger more side effects. If antibiotics aren't effective, acne drugs, such as isotretinoin, have proven to work for some patients. Surgery might be necessary in situations where the symptoms become permanent, such as enlarged blood vessels or inflammation that won't respond to other therapies. Laser surgery or electrosurgery can be chosen to reduce the appearance of blood vessels and remove excessive tissue buildup around the nose.
Restore Your Self-Esteem
Rosacea not only creates physical symptoms but emotional ones as patients are often self-conscious in public and avoid social situations because of the redness. If you believe you have rosacea, please call Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL to schedule a consultation so you can put your best face forward today. Our exceptional dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson is highly trained and knowledgeable in cutting-edge treatments that can help.
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