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Rosacea Treatment in Seattle, WA

I was very pleased to have their office accommodate me since I was a new patient and got to see the doctor that week once I had my referral. Staff is awesome. Dr. Wu gave me the correct cream to heal my eczema and within two days my skin was back to normal. I would recommend this office to anyone who has skin issues. – JULIE B. M.

Rosacea is a stressful condition that is often compared to acne, and like acne, we aim to give our patients the best possible treatment to alleviate symptoms. At North Sound Dermatology, we offer rosacea treatment for patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, non-contagious skin condition often compared to acne. It is characterized by redness or inflammation, broken blood vessels, and pimples on the face. In some cases, it also affects the neck, chest, and scalp. It is most commonly found in women over the age of 30, but can affect people of any race, sex or age.

What Causes Rosacea?

The direct cause of rosacea is unknown. The symptoms are typically due to small blood vessels in the face enlarging, resulting in a red, inflamed appearance. Some individual’s symptoms may worsen with various triggers, such as sun exposure, certain foods, or heavy exercise.

What are the Types of Rosacea?

Rosacea is categorized into four different types, differentiable by their symptoms.

  • Type I Vascular – Characterized by frequent redness and inflammation. Type I may also include swelling as well as stinging or burning sensations.
  • Type II Inflammatory – Identified by acne-like pimples and a continual inflammation of the skin. Type II can be seen in combination with type I, including the same burning or stinging symptoms.
  • Type III Late – Type III is characterized by an enlargement of the nose and small spider veins near the surface of the skin.
  • Type IV Ocular – Those with type IV rosacea experience symptoms in the eyes that include burning, itching, stinging, and sensitivity to light. They may also have bloodshot eyes or blurred vision.

How is Rosacea Treated?

Since the cause of rosacea is not known, it cannot be completely cured. However, its symptoms can be effectively treated through both oral and topical antibiotics. Laser treatments are also an effective way to reduce inflammation and other symptoms, and are considered to be the most effective long-term treatment for the condition.

To learn more about treatment methods or your specific type of rosacea, including important insurance information, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We offer care to patients in Seattle, Everett, and the surrounding areas.