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Rosacea Takes Toll on Clients in the Workplace

Posted: June 14, 2011

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“While there is no cure for rosacea, the good news is that medical therapy is available to bring its signs and symptoms under control as well as to maintain remission,” Dr. Elewski said. “Patients may also be able to help manage their condition with gentle skin care and by identifying and avoiding environmental and lifestyle factors that trigger flare-ups in their individual cases.”

Of the survey respondents who were affected by rosacea in the workplace, 78% said effective medical treatment had improved their professional interactions with others.

Rosacea is a chronic disorder that is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. It typically begins at any time after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Without treatment, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may become swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. Burning and stinging are common, and in many patients the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.

Comprehensive information and materials on rosacea are available on the NRS Web site at www.rosacea.org.