Children and Teens are very active during their early years and can often be seen with ‘cheerful’ red faces after energetic play and/or delight with friends or family. Children and teenagers naturally throw themselves into their games so a hot flushed face is the sign of a successful morning or afternoon’s activity.
However, this very apparently healthy glow can have a more medically related cause as children are also open to the advent of the inflammatory skin condition Rosacea.
So what is Rosacea?. In children it is seen by manifesting symptoms that leave the skin looking red and fiery while also feeling ‘heat’. In these situations there may also be blotchy angry red patches to be seen on the teen’s face and possibly neck. This appearance of flushed-looking areas could be an early sign of skin disease in your young one. In the US alone there are approximately 16,000,000 people (adults and children) suffering from this condition.
Before becoming to alarmed it must be noted that the occurrence of Rosacea in children is actually quite rare. It usually appears by the age of 20 years. So if your child’s countenance is red and remains so for an extended period of time you may suspect Rosacea. Do note however, that there are other causes of such flushing and if you have an fears then the advice of a qualified Doctor should be taken.
Rosacea In Young People – Typical Symptoms
As discussed perhaps the most obvious symptom is redness of the face and possibly neck areas. In addition to that you may see
- Some visible blood capillaries which have broken and and discoloring an area of the face.
- There may be some evidence of swelling around the areas concerned
- Your child or teenager may be sensitive to the touch in affected areas
- Rough and/or scaley-feeling areas of skin
This is not known with certainty and certain races are more prone than others (those with fair complexion and of Celtic origin for example). Physicians believe it is a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. What is known is that certain things can exacerbate the Rosacea condition. These include Spicy Food (Curry, Chilli for example), Alcoholic drinks and microbial factors such as presence of a certain type of skin mite or stomach bacterium.
Whist there is no permanent cure, there are treatments – natural Rosacea calming treatments, topical solutions and medicinal gels which can lessen or mask the fiery Rosacea appearance.
If you have any concerns that your child or teenager may have the onset of this condition then seek further medical help. The condition can most definitely be controlled and minimized over the long term.
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