Rhinophyma normally presents itself as a bulbous red nose, typically with an oily texture and thickened skin. It was originally thought to be caused by excessive drinking, but this has been proved false in recent years, and it affects equal numbers of drinkers and non-drinkers. The cause isn’t well known, but the treatment is normally drastic. In the early stages acne medication can be used to dampen down the symptoms, whilst more serious cases must be treated with a surgical solution. This involves reshaping the nose with a scalpel or laser, and removing the excess tissue. Unfortunately, the symptoms can return, in which case further surgery will be required.
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