CausesBy Mayo Clinic staff
The cause of ocular rosacea, like skin rosacea, is unknown, but it may be due to a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
A number of factors can aggravate rosacea, so they can aggravate ocular rosacea, as well. Some of these factors include:
- Consuming hot foods or beverages
- Eating spicy foods
- Drinking alcohol
- Being in extreme cold or heat
- Being in sunlight
- Being stressed, angry or embarrassed
- Exercising strenuously
- Taking hot baths or being in hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas
- Taking drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications
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