What causes rhinophyma? Can Erbium laser treatment cause this?
What Causes Rhinophyma?
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Rhinophyma is a condition which is typically associated with Acne Rosacea.
The causes are unknown. It is manifested by a red (vascular) nose with a bumpy appearance due to sebaceous (oil) gland overgrowth. Certain foods can make it seem worse.
It has been mistakenly attributed to alcohol consumption but this is a fallacy.
However, alcohol consumption only makes the nose appear more red due to a temporary increase in blood supply.
Certain medications may limit the condition such as metrogel (an antibiotic)
Although Erbium laser may make the nose appear more red, it is not known to stimulate growth of the sebaceous glands.
I hope this clears up the confusion.
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