What is erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR)?

Updated: Jun 03, 2021
  • Author: Agnieszka Kupiec Banasikowska, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Central facial flushing, often accompanied by burning or stinging, is the predominant sign in erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR). The redness usually spares the periocular skin. These patients typically have skin with a fine texture that lacks a sebaceous quality characteristic of other subtypes. The erythematous areas of the face at times appear rough with scale likely due to chronic, low-grade dermatitis. Frequent triggers to flushing include acutely felt emotional stress, hot drinks, alcohol, spicy foods, exercise, cold or hot weather, and hot baths and showers. These patients also report that the burning or stinging is exacerbated when topical agents are applied.

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