When you first notice frequent flushing on your face, you may have a condition called rosacea. If your dermatologist confirms you do have rosacea, your first thought may be, “I don’t want anyone to see me like this.” The good news is, it’s treatable. The second thought you will likely have is the following: “Is it contagious?” You definitely don’t want to expose your friends and family if it is.
What if you are not the one diagnosed? What if a friend or acquaintance tells you a confirmed diagnosis was received? Most people wonder immediately if it is a contagious condition and err on the side of caution by keeping a distance from the person with rosacea.
What is Rosacea: Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the central portion of the face causing redness (flushing) that may be accompanied by pimples, visible blood vessels, eye irritation or other signs. Flare-ups often occur with triggers of the condition. Remission is also commonly experienced.
Rosacea most commonly affects adults over the age of thirty. If a friend or family member shares a rosacea diagnosis, you may wonder if there is any risk with minor physical contact such as hand shaking or hugging at social functions.
To answer the question, “Is rosacea contagious?”
Rest assured, rosacea is not contagious. There is no medical evidence that rosacea is contagious. You cannot pass the infection by physical touch or by airborne contact such as breathing in bacteria from someone who has been diagnosed with rosacea.
Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea
Rosacea can worsen over time. The good news is that it is treatable. Seek out a dermatologist as soon as possible if you have some or all of the warning signs of rosacea.
Some key signs include the following:
Facial redness that continues over time
Frequent flushing of the face
Small red bumps with possible pus
Blood vessels which show through the skin
Increase in skin’s thickness
Coarseness of the skin
Watery or red eyes (irritation)
Be sure to seek medical attention if your skin shows signs of rosacea.
Did you know that rosacea affects millions of people in the US? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this skin condition affects more than 14 million people in the United States. That number translates into 1 in 20 people being affected in the United States. In all likelihood you know several people who have this condition. The total number or cases may actually be understated. The National Rosacea Society (NSR) estimates two million more for a total of 16 million with the condition in the US.
According to the NSR, any skin type may be affected, yet those who tend to easily flush are more likely to be diagnosed. It affects women and men differently. Women tend to have a concentration of affected areas on the chin and cheeks. For men, the nose is a predominant area for flare-ups.
Suncoast Skin Solutions is Florida’s “Most Trusted” Dermatology. Each of our locations has a dermatologist on site to treat clinical conditions, such as rosacea.
Call Suncoast Skin Solutions to help you locate an experienced dermatologist in your area of Florida.
*Photos courtesy of the National Rosacea Society