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Survey Shows Rosacea Inflicts Both Physical Discomfort and Visible Effects

Posted: September 26, 2012

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As might be expected, those with subtype 3 (phymatous) rosacea, which often includes swelling of the nose, reported that the nose was the most frequent site of physical discomfort. Those with the eye symptoms of subtype 4 (ocular) rosacea noted that the eyes and cheeks were equally affected by physical discomfort.

Seventy-one percent of those answering the survey said that medical therapy has improved their outward signs of rosacea, while nearly 70% reported that it also reduced their physical discomfort.

“In addition to medical therapy, a gentle skin-care routine with products that are designed specifically for sensitive skin may alleviate some of the physical discomfort associated with rosacea,” Dr. Harper said. “Your dermatologist should be able to help you select those that work best for your individual case.”

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 website at