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facial redness
Posted by: Michael
Date: September 3, 2001 12:32 PM

From the top of the bridge on my nose and across to about the middle of the eye and down to my chin in sort of a triangle pattern is this redness (not really a rash, just redness) that seems to be redder sometimes and not so red at others. It seems to be affected by smoking tobacco and after I eat something. I've quit smoking before and it got worse right away and when I smoked a cigarette it got somewhat better immediately. I have had this condition for a few years now and it seems to never go away or get worse.

RE: facial redness
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: September 4, 2001 1:16 PM

Of course, as I cannot see the condition I cannot render an opinion and you would be better off talking to a dermatologist about this, especially as to what to do about it. From what you describe you may have an excessive proliferation of the vessels of the capillary bed, a condition called telangectasis and it may be part of another condition called rosacea. If this is the case it responds temporarily to vasoconstrictors such as nicotine and caffeine although this is not a practical long term treatment of the problem. It would also respond to simple pressure by blanching for a few seconds. Rosacea is commonly caused by mercury toxicity and detoxing heavy metals usually takes care of it. If it progresses it can result in a condition called rhinophyma.



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