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April is National Rosacea Month: Do You Know How to Work With These Clients?

Posted: April 13, 2011

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In many rosacea-sufferers, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot. Without proper care, this condition, known as subtype 4 or ocular rosacea, can lead to further irritation and, in severe cases, reduction of vision.

In a new survey of 1,289 rosacea patients conducted by the NRS, 71% of the respondents said they had experienced persistent redness, and 63% said they had suffered from frequent flushing. In addition, 63% said they had suffered outbreaks of pimples (pustules) and 61% reported experiencing bumps (papules).

Sixty-one percent of the patients said they had also experienced eye symptoms, and visible blood vessels were cited by 56%. Other widely reported signs and symptoms included facial burning or stinging, reported by 51%; facial itching, experienced by 41%; dry appearance, named by 40%; raised red patches, reported by 30%; skin thickening or excess tissue on the nose, 22%; signs beyond the face, 21%; and facial swelling, 18%.

"Although the subtypes of rosacea represent common patterns, the manifestations of rosacea can vary substantially from one patient to another, and medical therapy must therefore be tailored for each individual case," Wilkin says. "With greater knowledge of its potential signs and symptoms, physicians [and skin care professionals] should be able to achieve significant improvements in the diagnosis and management of this chronic and often life-disruptive disorder."

Perhaps even more devastating than its physical effects, rosacea often inflicts significant emotional and social damage on the lives of its victims because of its impact on personal appearance. In recent surveys by the NRS, nearly 76% of rosacea patients said this unsightly disorder had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41% reported it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.