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
"I absolutely recommend this place! The Dr. and staff are always friendly and knowledgeable. My favorite part is that they do virtual appointments!"- T.C. / Google / Feb 12, 2021
"Best experience at a doctors office! The office is clean beautiful and inviting with relaxing music. No waiting, was taken in right away. Dr. Wilkerson was kind, professional, extremely knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Jackie was so sweet and helpful. They even offer you water. Lovely office!"- E.A. / Google / Feb 11, 2021
"As a physician myself, I can tell you that Dr. Wilkinson is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and extraordinarily pleasant. I highly recommend him. I will be referring many patients to him."- M.M. / Google / Jan 24, 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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