What is Rosacea Conglobata?
Rosacea conglobata is a chronic rosacea condition noted for being far, far more severe than run-of-the-mill rosacea. It manifests with symptoms atypical of rosacea, all of which are painful. The primary symptom is thick scales of skin forming and hardening, frequently flaking off and leaving open sores. In addition, bleeding nodules will appear. This is all on top of the backdrop of standard rosacea, manifesting with its telltale redness and, over time, the additional symptoms associated with rosacea.
Who gets Rosacea Conglobata?
Rosacea conglobata can afflict anyone suffering from or at risk for rosacea. There is, additionally, a strong link to acne conglobata; individuals suffering from acne conglobata may be more likely to suffer from rosacea conglobata, and individuals suffering from rosacea conglobata may be more likely to suffer from acne conglobata.
Age plays a role, as with the progression of rosacea. Individuals approaching middle age are more likely to begin exhibiting signs of rosacea conglobata, with the progression of the disease continuing as they age. Individuals predisposed to rosacea become at increased risk to develop it the longer they live.
Caucasians are far more likely to be affected; the fairer one’s skin, the more likely it is that they will develop rosacea and, in turn, rosacea conglobata.
Women are far more likely than men to be affected by rosacea conglobata. This is probably related to the difference in skin type; women are more likely to have skin that is to try, whereas men are more likely to have skin that is too oily. Furthermore, women are more likely to be possessed of sensitive skin, which can play a very serious role in the severity of the symptoms’ presentation.
Genetic factors play a role to consider in the likelihood of developing rosacea conglobata, as well. Just as parents who suffer from rosacea are more likely to have children that suffer from rosacea, parents who suffer from rosacea conglobata are more likely to have children that suffer from rosacea conglobata.
What causes Rosacea Conglobata?
Rosacea conglobata is a variant of rosacea. As such its causes are not causes as-such; rosacea has few identifiable causes but an entire host of potential triggers. Rosacea conglobata shares them all.
Heat is a primary factor that can very easily cause an outbreak of rosacea conglobata. Humidity contributes greatly to this. Generally, extended exposure is more likely to prompt an outbreak, but particularly sensitive individuals may find that their rosacea breaks out on very short notice. This outbreak may not be simple rosacea, but in fact manifest as rosacea conglobata.
Stress can be a factor, specifically prolonged stress. Individuals that suffer from temporary stress, such as a move, may suffer a rosacea outbreak. This outbreak may, again, be rosacea or a variant such as rosacea conglobata. Hypertensive individuals who are under constant stress, be it from their employment, family situation or as a complication of another medical issue are far more likely to suffer from rosacea and rosacea conglobata as a factor of this stress.
Caffeine and other stimulants can trigger rosacea and rosacea conglobata; stimulants are somewhat more likely to be correlated to rosacea conglobata than other circumstantial stimuli. The stronger the stimulant, the more likely a case of rosacea conglobata.
A unique possible cause of rosacea conglobata is exposure to halogen. This holds especially true for individuals who may have taken medication with a halogen chemical as a component. Iodide and bromide exposure taken in length may produce the same effect, rendering the already progressive and chronic rosacea the far more severe rosacea conglobata.
Rosacea conglobata and acne conglobata are effectively adjacent. One does not imply the presence of the other, but one can make the other far more likely. This road goes both ways; individuals prone to rosacea suffering from acne conglobata may develop rosacea conglobata, and individuals suffering from rosacea conglobata may go on to suffer acne conglobata if they are prone to acne.
What does Rosacea Conglobata cause?
Rosacea conglobata can cause scarring through its scaling of the skin. Additionally, it can handily open the skin to infection. The sores left by the solidification and scaling of the skin coupled with the bleeding nodules that tend to form render the skin much more vulnerable to infection, especially bacterial infection. This can lead to far more serious lesions that can complicate rosacea conglobata further and compound any scarring that may occur.
The reddening (erythmia) that comes with rosacea conglobata is effectively permanent. Some individuals report a diffusion of the redness after an outbreak, but this generally only holds true with very mild outbreaks. This reddening is cosmetic only, but still unnerving to most individuals that suffer from rosacea.
As a chronic and progressive illness, rosacea conglobata’s symptoms do not cease. The symptoms that separate rosacea conglobata from basic rosacea may remit and recur over time, but they are not likely to be eliminated completely. The exception to this is if rosacea conglobata is being made to outbreak by a particular source of circumstantial antagonism, such as halogens. If iodide and bromide levels are brought within normal ranges, rosacea conglobata may dissipate. However, the underlying rosacea condition is not likely to dissipate, or even change at all.
The psychological impact of rosacea and rosacea conglobata is significant. It is frequently a very demoralizing condition, as it constitutes a change of appearance that is significant and very difficult to conceal. While basic rosacea can be covered somewhat with proper cosmetics, the scaling nature of rosacea conglobata prevents this, as does the formation of nodules. Rosacea conglobata may have social ramifications, as it can be somewhat unnerving to look at someone suffering from it if it has advanced in such a way as to cause significant disfiguration.
Rosacea conglobata carries with it the usual tertiary symptoms of rosacea through all its stages, including the formation of hard nodules on the skin, intense and persistent inflammation, rhinophyma and the full gamut. As it is a rosacea variant rather than a completely unique condition, everything that rosacea may carry with it can be carried with rosacea conglobata. The scaling and damaging nature of rosacea conglobata may, however, amplify the symptoms of advanced rosacea to a considerable degree.
How serious is Rosacea Conglobata?
Rosacea conglobata is a fairly serious condition. The scaling of the skin as well as the bleeding nodules means that rosacea conglobata poses a much greater risk to health and wellbeing than basic rosacea. The potential for infection is fairly high, which can result in severe complications later on. Frequently, rosacea conglobata is far harder to keep in check than basic rosacea. Rosacea conglobata cannot be ignored and frequently requires medical intervention on a scale that does not hold true with rosacea; analysis of the blood may be required to determine whether or not exposure to bromides is a factor.
What does Rosacea Conglobata treatment look like?
Rosacea conglobata treatment is primarily symptomatic. The unique symptoms in the scaling and bleeding nodules can be assuaged somewhat with topical treatments. Anti-inflammatories may aid with this to some degree. As with rosacea, however, ‘treatment’ focuses not on destroying rosacea conglobata as an illness but rather reining in the very many conditions that can cause an outbreak.
Many individuals find it helpful to maintain a journal containing everything that has caused an outbreak, and monitoring their rosacea closely. This holds true with rosacea conglobata as well. It may be wise to denote what makes the scaling or nodules more severe, as well, as some triggers may exacerbate these more than the redness, and some triggers may exacerbate the redness more than the scaling or nodules.
How do I know if I have Rosacea Conglobata?
Rosacea conglobata is fairly distinct from rosacea due to the thickening and scaling of the skin, as well as the bleeding nodules. This is especially true if the symptoms should present sequentially, with the inflammation and redness preceding the scaling of the skin and the nodules. A medical professional can diagnose rosacea conglobata, and may desire to have blood screenings performed to check iodide and bromide levels.
Rosacea conglobata, like all medical conditions, is something that self-diagnosis is not sufficient for. If you are having symptoms in line with those of rosacea conglobata, it would be wise to visit a medical professional for assistance.