Rosacea on Television: No Laughing Matter

Posted on: 04/09/2012

As part of the mission of the National Rosacea Society (NRS) to increase awareness, rosacea has been featured on television countless times over the years on local and national news programs as well as entertainment shows. We thought it would be fun and informative to share some of these historical video clips from our archives.

In this archive television clip from WNBC-TV in June of 1989, rosacea is said to be "no laughing matter." W.C. Fields' iconic red nose leads into a description of rosacea's signature symptoms, as explained by Dr. Jonathan Wilkin, long-time chairman of the National Rosacea Society's Medical Advisory Board, which oversees the NRS research grants program.

The news segment focuses on a patient who is suffering from subtype 3, phymatous rosacea. The patient was using topical metronidazole to treat his condition; the therapy had been just recently approved for treatment of rosacea. Learn more about current treatment options in the Patient Information section.

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