April is Rosacea Awareness Month, a time when family caregivers get the chance to educate themselves on one of the most common skin conditions that affect seniors—rosacea.
This disease can cause irritation and pain in elderly adults and cause their skin to become red and puffy. Family caregivers can join thousands of others across the country in learning more about recognizing symptoms and how to care for their aging relatives with rosacea.
Medical and health experts want all family caregivers and home care assistants that care for aging adults to know these facts about rosacea:
-There is no known cause of rosacea. It does seem to have genetic links and is closely associated with the immune system, but researchers have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of rosacea.
-Rosacea isn’t limited to any race, sex or age. Older fair-skinned women are more likely to develop rosacea, but it is diagnosed in people of all ages and skin colors.
-Symptoms of rosacea include redness and irritation on the face, neck, ears, and chest. The most common include red bumps, rough skin, itching, burning, redness, stinging and thickening skin.
-Rosacea is particularly hard for elderly adults. The symptoms of the disease are often more serious in people over age 50. They often experience more facial swelling, redness, dilated blood vessels and pain than younger adults with rosacea.
-There is no cure for rosacea. Doctors can help elderly adults treat the symptoms of rosacea but they have not discovered a cure for this common skin disease.
-Rosacea symptoms are treated using topical medicine and internal medicine. Topical antibiotic creams and laser therapy are often successful at reducing the symptoms. Oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatories can also be effective.
-Many actions and activities can trigger a flare-up of rosacea. Family caregivers and home care assistants should help seniors avoid triggers, such as sun exposure, strong winds, spicy food, certain makeup, some skin care products, hot showers or baths and alcohol.
-Seniors can take care of their skin with help from family and home care aides. Using the medicated creams recommended by the doctor, seniors can minimize the effects of rosacea. Other management techniques is to bathe in lukewarm water and to pat the skin dry with a soft towel.
Even though rosacea cannot be prevented and there’s no way to determine whether someone will get it, family members can be proactive if they notice symptoms in their aging relative. When family caregivers and home care aides know how to care for a senior with rosacea, they can help the elderly person be more comfortable and look better.
Rosacea Awareness Month is the perfect time to get educated and gain more understanding about this common skin disease that significantly affects an elderly person’s quality of life.
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