Rosacea Rhinophyma

My second granduncle-in-law has rhinophyma. It’s a severe form of rosacea (roh-ZAY-shah) where the nose grows larger… a bumpy, bulbous formation. WC Fields suffered from this. It’s a deformity that can be treated, but the cause of rosacea is unknown. Rosacea is genetic. Its symptoms are aggravated from certain types of foods (coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, etc.) Topical and oral antibiotics are typically used to treat rosacea. While early rhinophyma can be treated with antibiotics, late-stage is usually treated with cosmetic laser surgery. Fortunately, such operations are covered by insurance since rhinophyma is considered a significant disfigurement.

At least it’s not life-threatening.

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