If you have mild rosacea, you may not even talk to your doctor about it. But whether you have been diagnosed with rosacea or not, there are some signs you shouldn't ignore. You should see your doctor if:
You have just developed symptoms, such as facial redness. Rosacea can look like some other diseases, so it's important to get a diagnosis.
You have developed bumps, pimples, or visible blood vessels -- small red, purple, or blue lines -- on your face. These can be signs of your rosacea getting worse. It's important to get treatment before your condition gets more serious.
Your rosacea symptoms are causing you anxiety or embarrassment. It's normal for people with rosacea to be self-conscious. Try not to get stressed. There are treatments that can help.
Your eyes are affected. Many people with rosacea have itchy. They might be dry, itchy, painful, or bloodshot. Your eyelids might be red and itchy. Untreated, these symptoms can sometimes lead to serious eye damage.
Your nose is swollen and red. This can be a sign of rhinophyma, which can mean advanced rosacea. It's more common in men than women. Although rare, if left untreated, it can lead to a large, bumpy, red nose that stays that way forever.
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