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Rosacea Flare-ups Intensify With Warm Weather

Posted: June 7, 2010

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The good news is that the survey showed rosacea flare-ups can often be prevented. Nearly 84% of the respondents reported that avoiding sources of heat had reduced the frequency of their flare-ups. Seventy-four percent said they now bathe or shower in cooler water, and nearly 69% said they go outside less often in hot weather to avoid exacerbating their condition. Sixty-seven percent said they frequently or sometimes leave an overheated room to prevent an outbreak, and 55% said they had changed their exercise routine to avoid flare-ups.

“Rosacea sufferers should wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 year-round, and especially in the summer, they should minimize time outdoors from 10 am to 2 pm when sunlight is the strongest,” Dr. Bikowski said. He noted that a fan or chewing on ice chips can effectively reduce flushing from heavy exercise or excessive indoor heat.

Rosacea is a chronic disorder that is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. It typically begins at any time after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and small blood vessels may appear. In many cases bumps and pimples may develop, and in severe cases the nose may become swollen from excess tissue. In many patients, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.

Information and materials on identifying and avoiding triggers, as well as other key aspects of rosacea, are available on the NRS Web site.