Rosacea and Your Elderly Loved One

Elderly Care in Aurora

As your loved one ages, she’s likely to experience changes to her skin that can result in unusual redness or discoloration. The most common cause for redness is a condition called rosacea. It’s not Elderly-Care-in-Auroraharmful, but it can be upsetting for your loved one.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that tends to show up more often in people who have very fair skin but it can affect anyone. Rosacea can look a little like acne in some cases but it’s accompanied by patches of red areas on the skin. The red areas tend to show up most often around the cheeks under the eyes. Rosacea usually doesn’t cause pain, but it can be distracting and upsetting for your loved one. Rosacea is often mistaken for a severe blush, particularly if your loved one doesn’t have any bumps that look like acne.

What Causes Rosacea?

The causes of rosacea are still unknown, but it can come and go. Often when it reappears, it does so due to specific triggers or outside forces that seem to aggravate the condition and make it return. Some of the triggers for rosacea include:

  • Alcohol
  • Warm foods or drinks
  • Spicy foods or drinks
  • Extreme hot or cold
  • Feelings that might cause a blush, such as anger or embarrassment
  • Exercise
  • Hot water, including showers or baths
  • Some medications

Symptoms of Rosacea

The most common symptom of rosacea is the redness that pops up on your loved one’s face. This happens because blood vessels become more engorged and become more obvious under the skin. Some people who have rosacea experience small bumps that look and act like acne. Your loved one’s doctor can determine whether your loved one is dealing with a bout of acne or actual rosacea.

Treating Rosacea

Your loved one’s doctor may prescribe medications to help treat your loved one’s rosacea or, if the trigger appears to be a medication she’s already taking, he may adjust her dosages of current medications. In severe cases, some rosacea sufferers do need surgery to correct swollen blood vessels, but this is rare. Avoiding triggers can help, as can a strong sunscreen and avoiding skin care products that contain alcohol.

Coping with Rosacea

Rosacea can be very upsetting for your loved one because it’s something that stands out. People may ask her about the condition or seem concerned about it. Your loved one may find it useful to talk to other people who have the same condition in a support group.

Talk with your loved one’s elderly care providers about solutions that have worked for other loved ones in the past. They may have some great ideas that can help your loved one quite a bit.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care services in Aurora, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

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