Coping with Rosacea


Comorbidity is the occurrence of two disorders or illnesses in the same person, at the same time or one after another, and does not necessarily mean that one causes the other. Recent research has found that rosacea patients have a higher incidence of a growing number of potentially serious conditions.

Gastrointestinal disorders that occur more often in patients with rosacea include celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Associated cardiovascular disorders include high cholesterol levels, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Other conditions include thyroid cancer, basal cell carcinoma and brain cancer; allergies, respiratory diseases, diabetes, urogenital diseases and female hormone imbalance; Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

While rosacea patients’ overall risk for these diseases is still very low, it’s reasonable for people who are diagnosed with rosacea to seek a general health examination if appropriate.


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National Rosacea Society
196 James St.
Barrington, IL 60010

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The National Rosacea Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with rosacea by raising awareness, providing public health information and supporting medical research on this widespread but little-known disorder. The information the Society provides should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace

consultation with a qualified physician. The Society does not evaluate, endorse or recommend any particular medications, products, equipment or treatments. Rosacea may vary substantially from one patient to another, and treatment must be tailored by a physician for each individual case. For more information, visit About Us.