Just How Bad is your Rosacea ?

Written by on January 23, 2007 in research with 3 Comments

One of the difficulties of rosacea is that it is both multifactorial and multi symptomatic. Many different factors may cause and exacerbate rosacea. Rosacea symptoms can also look quite different ; from pusutles on your chin to itching in your eyes to swelling of your nose.

How do you rate your symptoms and how would your ratings compare with other sufferers ?

As a starting point there is the Standard Grading System for rosacea. This allows individual rosacea symptoms to be graded as absent, mild, moderate or severe. Whilst this grading system is based mostly on a visual qualitative assessment, it does mention the possible use of more advanced techniques.

In order to move beyond simple assessments that use qualifiers like `few’, `several’ and `many’, more quantitative methods are required.

Recent research is pointing towards being able to test for ocular rosacea, measure facial redness after IPL, measuring face blood vessels, measure skin barrier function and also search for a genetic marker for rosacea

A recent research paper calls for both objective and subjective measures for quantifying rosacea.

As more research is undertaken I’d like to see more efforts in further quantifying rosacea beyond the `Standard Grading System’ and into something that will allow us to expertly diagnose and classify rosacea in the same way.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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3 Reader Comments

  1. Sunshine says:

    I have been diagnosed with Rosacea (possibly)and prescribed Metronidazole Cream. It has been helping me, but I am unable to return to the internest who prescribed this as I don’t have Health Insurance. Now my right eye seems to be swelling. I can still see, but I have noticed that vision isn’t as great as it has been. I have prescription glasses and I am due for a check up. I have been seeing an Optomotrist (sp?) and need to see an Optomologist (sp?) next time. I am not sure if this related to the Rosacea as it started happening after my Rosacea flared up. I am also Diabetic type II. So I am concerned if there is any OTC relief? And if that would help my eye swelling to go down? Concerned….

  2. David Pascoe says:

    Hi Sunshine,

    There are quite a few good treatments for ocular rosacea, but before you start you do need to be sure that this is what you are suffering from. An opthamologist will be able to tell you for sure.

    In the meantime, this is a reasonable introductory article – http://rosacea-support.org/treating-ocular-rosacea-from-aao.html or you can look through all of the recent news items on ocular rosacea here – http://rosacea-support.org/articles/ocular-rosacea

    davidp.

  3. Ann says:

    I have had ocular rosacea for several years, and it is progressing to quite a severe stage. I initially had the condition in my left eye, and now it has been in both eyes for quite some time. Currently, I am having the most severe case with my right eye that consists of 2-3 sytes that has inflamed my upper right eyelid to the point that the pressure has blurred my vision a fair bit. At the present time, my right eye is quite misshapen due to this extreme inflammation. Initially, it seemed the stye was situated in the lower right eyelid, but then that area seemed to have cleared and the other styes in the upper area were raised. I am on Doxycycline oral tablets, Maxitrol eyedrops, and Maxitrol ointment at night. I have been on medication for the past few weeks and will continue for several weeks more. The swelling has gone down a bit, but my eye is still quite inflamed. This is worrisome as I assume this condition will progress even further. Is there any advice on how to stabilize this condition? Thank you.

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