As dermatology became established in the early 19th century, rosacea was one of the first skin disorders described in medical texts. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology recently published an overview of early illustrations of rosacea, showing how far medicine has come in its recognition of the disorder and highlighting how important visual cues are to its diagnosis.1
signs and symptoms
Although the progression of rosacea can vary substantially from one individual to another, flushing and persistent redness are by far the most common early signs of the disorder, according to a new survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society.
Not only is rosacea now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, but a new survey by the National Rosacea Society documents the unusually wide range of potential signs and symptoms that may be associated with the disorder.
The signs and symptoms of rosacea can be highly variable from one individual to another, according to preliminary results of the most recent survey by the National Rosacea Society on the many potential manifestations of the disorder.
Q. I was diagnosed with rosacea several years ago, but I've never had any visible blood vessels, bumps or pimples. I have eye irritation, and have only experienced some redness on my face. Is it possible for rosacea not to include its most common signs?
A. The signs and symptoms of rosacea can vary substantially from one patient to another, and may include various combinations of signs and symptoms.
More than 13 million Americans are now believed to suffer from rosacea, yet few are aware that the redness, bumps and pimples are not just a temporary complexion problem but rather a chronic medical condition that tends to grow worse without medical treatment. During Awareness Month in April, the National Rosacea Society focuses on educating the public about this conspicuous and embarrassing disorder and dispelling the myths and misconceptions surrounding it.
Unlike most disorders, rosacea tends to affect men and women somewhat differently. According to a National Rosacea Society patient survey on the pattern of rosacea symptoms, women are more likely to experience symptoms on the cheeks and chin while men are more commonly affected on the nose.