Sufferers have a Constellation of symptoms

Written by on December 3, 2015 in symptoms, What Causes Rosacea? with 0 Comments

One of the best known rosacea researchers Frank Powell has introduced a comprehensive review of rosacea research with some general comments about the difficulties related to rosacea.

Professor Powell says that rosacea presents with a `constellation’ of symptoms, which seems like a great description of rosacea as we see from online rosacea sufferers. I used to feel like my face was breaking out in red hot stars – so a constellation of symptoms sounds about right to me.

Further on the galaxial metaphor: one can easily reach the conclusion that rosacea is an overly loosely defined term. Indeed rosacea keeps expanding, having just grown a new subtype!

Understanding rosacea, Powell F.C., British Journal of Dermatology (2015) 173, pp635–640

The term ‘rosacea’ is commonly used by dermatologists to describe patients who have a constellation of symptoms and signs ranging from frequent flushing to hypertrophic nasal enlargement.

While the classification of rosacea into subtypes helped clinicians to develop a strategy of disease management for their patients, the spectrum of clinical features included under the title ‘rosacea’ made it likely that more than one pathogenic pathway would be operative in this disorder.

This is reflected in the wide variety of therapies used for rosacea ranging from sur- gery (for rhinophyma) to topical and systemic antibiotics [for papulopustular rosacea (PPR)].

The point of the article was not to highlight the magnitude of presentations of rosacea, nor the multiple competing causes of rosacea, but to point to a comprehensive review of the rosacea treatment literature.

Indeed the September edition of the British Journal of Dermatology featured an update to the Cochrane Review of Rosacea Treatments. This review reveleaved the strong evidence for the efficacy of Mirvaso, Soolantra and Oracea.

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