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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Rosacea is one of the most common disorders in the United States. It affects about 16 million people but it is largely misunderstood.

Rosacea starts as occasional redness on the face. It is easily mistaken for sunburn. Over time, however, the redness becomes ruddier and lasts much longer. It typically starts in middle-age.

The first signs to appear between the ages of 30 and 60. Women are affected more than men. The most famous case is the W.C. Fields nose. He had advanced rosacea and his nose was swollen red and bumpy. This is a condition called rhinophyma.

Although rosacea can not be cured it can be treated and controlled. Medications can be used as well as treatment with lasers and even surgery. Lifestyle changes can make a difference as well.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio

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