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Acne as symptom of a long-term skin disease

I’ve seen people with acne but not as bad as the image below. The skin condition is called Rosacea. It is a long-term disease that affects the face and sometimes the eye area. It is characterized by redness and pimples. Women and fair skinned individuals are likely to develop it.

A known entertainment writer and columnist had untreated Rosacea before she suffered from full-blown rhinophyma that caused her nose to grow big. But I read from an online publication that she already underwent an operation.

Until now health experts are not sure what causes Rosacea. But a person is predisposed to the skin condition if a relative has it. Rosacea is not life-threatening and can be cured with medicine including rosacea natural treatment and surgery.

Aside from acne, other symptoms are flushing or frequent redness of the face; small, red lines under the skin; swollen nose; thick skin in the forehead, chin and cheeks; red, dry, itchy eyes and sometimes blurry vision.

Info taken from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Protection against common ailments

When my kids were a lot younger, the slightest rash or bruise they acquire worries me so much. I tried protecting them from insect bites by applying generous amount of mosquito repellent on their skin. There were times I tried closing all our windows even at daytime to prevent smoke emitted by vehicles from entering the house. Even if my kids have been vaccinated against measles, chicken pox and flu, they still get the virus somehow. No matter what I do, I can’t shield my children from getting sick. What I did was to make their young body nourished with the right amount of food including rice, fish, meat, variety of vegetable, bread and milk, fruits in season, and vitamins to boost their natural resistance against common ailments. Also, I instill in them the value of personal hygiene like the frequent and proper hand washing.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Popular TV host and actress Kris Aquino and her two children have been afflicted with hand, foot, and mouth disease or HFMD. They are admitted and being treated in a health facility.

Here’s a brief information about HFMD.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease

HFMD is a viral disease common in children under 10 years old. It may also infect adults. It causes fever and blister in the mouth and skin rash.

HFMD is different with foot-and-mouth or hoof-and-mouth disease. The two diseases are caused by different viruses. Foot and mouth is an illness of cattle, sheep, and swine.


  • Fever, poor appetite, malaise (depression), sore throat.
  • Painful sores or small red spots erupt one or two days after the onset of fever onset. These spots develop in the tongue, gums and inside the cheeks.
  • Non-itchy rash develops on the palm of the hands and soles of the feet. It may also appear on the buttocks and genitalia.


  • Infection is spread from person to person thru direct contact.
  • Nose and throat secretions, saliva, blister fluid and stool of infected person.
  • The infection is highly contagious during the first week of the illness.
  • Some cases are asymptomatic or those that do not manifest symptoms.


  • There is no specific treatment for HFMD.
  • Pain reliever can be administered for pain caused by mouth sores, fever and aches
  • Mouthwashes or sprays that numb pain can be used to lessen mouth pain.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.


  • Good hygiene practices such as hand washing before and after handling of food, after toilet use, cleaning dirty surfaces and soiled items can lower the risk of infection.
  • Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, sharing eating utensils or cups with persons with HFMD.

source:  www.cdc.gov