Rosacea Awareness Month provides you with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this widespread skin disease. While the condition is not life-threatening, rosacea can be irritating and painful for elderly adults. Rosacea is also underdiagnosed because people don’t realize that it is something more than a rash or a sunburn.
For seniors who have rosacea, they may notice red bumps, small cysts, facial flushing, redness, itching and burning. With knowledge about how to treat rosacea and how to avoid flare-ups, family caregivers and home care providers can help elderly adults keep symptoms to a minimum and improve their quality of life.
Who is at Risk for Rosacea?
Whatever causes the skin disease known as rosacea is unknown. It can affect adults at any age, and seniors are especially susceptible. That’s because their skin is thinner and less supple. Seniors are also more likely to be struggling with other skin conditions that can exacerbate the rosacea.
While women usually develop rosacea on the cheeks and chin, men often find that it concentrates on the nose area. It is not contagious, so other family members or home care providers can help with bathing and dressing without worrying. Those with fair skin are more likely to develop rosacea.
Rosacea Triggers for Elderly Adults
Family caregivers and home care providers can help elderly adults avoid rosacea flair-ups by watching for situations that may trigger the condition. Common triggers include extreme weather, like sun exposure or strong winds. Others include spicy foods, alcohol, certain makeup and skin care products, and showering or bathing in hot water. Rubbing the skin too hard with a towel after a bath may also contribute. Interestingly, emotional stress and anxiety can even cause rosacea to erupt.
Treating Rosacea in Elderly Adults
A doctor will treat an elderly person’s rosacea in several different ways. Besides reviewing common triggers with family caregivers, the doctor will usually prescribe certain medicines that can help control the symptoms. However, there is no way to prevent rosacea and all doctors can do is try to reduce the symptoms.
The most common medicines used to treat rosacea in the elderly include various creams and gels that contain azelaic acid. It helps reduce inflammation and lessens the red bumps. Many doctors find success with prescribing beta blockers and alpha antagonists to reduce the size of the blood vessels. In elderly women, estrogen may help a little with the rosacea.
Family caregivers really should take advantage of Rosacea Awareness Month and take note as to whether their elderly loved one is struggling with an irritating skin condition that doesn’t seem to go away. Once a doctor diagnoses rosacea, then treatment can begin right away.
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