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Rosacea is a condition of redness, flushing, and inflammation affecting the face. Patients can also have inflammatory papules (which look like pimples) and dilated blood vessels. In more advanced cases, the skin of the nose can become swollen and overgrown (rhinophyma). Flushing is often set off by heat, spicy foods, and alcohol.
Mild Rosacea can be treated with topical prescription antibiotics, sulfur compounds, azeleic acid, and other anti-inflammatory compounds. Oral antibiotics may be used in more severe cases. Dilated blood vessels can be removed with laser or electric needle. There is also a new medication which is effective for persistent facial redness associated with rosacea.