Most people will recognize rhinophyma as a bulbous shaped nose. The skin around the cheeks and nose is usually red, with sweat glands that appear enlarged. The skin may also become rough and take on a waxy look.
Treatment options will depend on the stage of your rhinophyma, as the condition is progressive. In the early stages of rhinophyma, medications may help reduce the inflammation. However, in more progressed cases of rhinophyma, there are also surgical options to treat the condition.
What Causes Rhinophyma?
Rhinophyma is a progression of a common condition called rosacea. While rosacea is a common inflammation of the skin, in rare cases, sufferers will develop rhinophyma. Rosacea presents as either red or flushed skin, usually around the cheeks and nose. However, the condition can worsen over the years and result in rhinophyma.
There is a misconception that rhinophyma is caused by alcohol abuse. While people who consume a lot of alcohol may experience aggravation of the condition, there is no direct causation as the condition occurs just as frequently in people who do not consume alcohol. As of yet, the cause of the condition has not been fully established.
There are a number of common high-risk groups for rhinophyma. Sufferers with fair hair or light hair are at a higher risk of developing rhinophyma. The condition occurs at a higher rate among men, and onset typically begins between the ages of 25 and 50. Eye color is a factor, as people with either blue or green eyes are also more likely to develop rhinophyma.
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