Rhinophyma describes a persistent, firm, thickening of the tissue of the nose that is seen in some patients with rosacea
Skin condition: Rhinophyma
What is this skin condition?
Rhinophyma describes a persistent, firm, thickening of the tissue of the nose that is seen in some patients with rosacea. The appearances arise due to an overgrowth of oil glands and to a lesser degree fibrous tissue. Phymatous swellings can occur at other sites in association with rosacea. These include the chin, ears, forehead and eyelids.
There are some other rare conditions that can cause swelling of the nose so if you have noticed a swollen nose it is important to get a formal diagnosis from a Doctor.
Why have I got it?
Rhinophyma is generally considered to part of the rosacea spectrum of diseases. Whilst some affected patients do have prominent and active rosacea, others have minimal disease. The precise cause of rhinophyma is not known. Some authors refer to rhinophyma as a rosacea associated condition as the link between the two conditions is not yet understood.
Comparing the treatment options
The same general measures that apply to rosacea treatment are thought to apply to rhinophyma. Any rosacea triggers need to minimised such as UV light, alcohol and extremes of temperature.
Help from your GP
There is no evidence that antibiotics help rhinophyma. If you are keen for treatment you will need to be referred to a Dermatologist
Help from a Dermatologist
There are both medical and surgical options for treating rhinophyma.
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