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What Are Common Rosacea Triggers?

What Are Common Rosacea Triggers?


Common rosacea triggers include specific foods and beverages, strenuous activities, heat, stress, medications, medical conditions, and cosmetics that contain certain ingredients.

Acne rosacea affects an approximate minimum of 16 million Americans and additional millions worldwide, composing an overall average of roughly 14% of women and 6% of men and generally appears in the middle ages of both genders. As of April 2010, neither the precise cause nor a cure is available.

Condition Trends

Acne rosacea tends to appear more often in women than in men, as the above figures declare, but men tend to suffer more severe stages. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) believes that men wait longer to consult medical professionals regarding the symptoms than women do. That possibility may also be the reason behind the 8-point differential.

Fair-skinned people tend to suffer the condition more often than others do. A periodic condition, people who have rosacea could have reported otherwise when the condition was merely in remission.

Common Triggers

People have both similar and dissimilar triggers. What triggers it in one person may not necessarily effect someone else. Below are just a few of the reported triggers:

Exercise or other strenuous activities. Unfortunately, exertion can cause an outbreak. Rosacea patients should moderate exercise programs, possibly increasing the number of sessions while decreasing weights, distances, and duration. Any exercise that causes the face to heat or flush could trigger rosacea. People with the condition are recommended to drink lots of water during exercise periods and cool the facial area immediately following them.

Beverages: Any hot beverage and many types of alcohol.

Foods: The list of food triggers, whether items or spices within foods, is long. An excerpt list might include: All cheese; most processed lunch meats; all breakfast cereals not made with natural ingredients; hot foods (heat and spice), citrus fruits and several non-citrus fruits, chocolate, foods containing benzoate, foods containing histamines, cinnamon, anise, yogurt, buttermilk, tomatoes, spinach, fish, shellfish, egg whites and foods that contain them, cake decorations, certain salad dressings and spreads, and carbonated drinks, to name only a small percentage of reported triggers.

Medication and Supplements: tartrazine and medications and supplements that contain it. Check with a pharmacist who normally keeps accurate lists of manufactures that produce tartrazine-free products. Histamines.

Toiletries, cosmetics, and lotions: Check labels carefully. Any that contain tartrazine or histamine or benzoates will probably trigger an episode.

Heat: either sunlight or indoor heat. When outdoors, wear a hat and shades; use sunscreen. If indoors, cool clothes and showers help, as does air conditioning or fans.

Medical conditions: Menopause, chronic coughs, and caffeine withdrawal syndrome.

Emotional stress: Stress raises body temperature and blood pressure.

Because triggers can differ from person to person, keep a triggers diary, noting what foods, activities, or other elements may have caused an episode





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