Rosacea Symptoms – Wide Variety Uncovered in Survey

The National Rosacea Society published results of a new survey that highlights the wide range of signs and symptoms experienced by people with rosacea.

See  Rosacea Survey Summary.

In the 2010 survey of 1,289 people with rosacea,  71% of respondents said they had experienced persistent redness, and 63%  said they had suffered from frequent flushing. These are classic symptoms of rosacea subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea).  In addition, 63% said they had suffered outbreaks of pimples (pustules) and 61% reported experiencing bumps (papules). These are classic symptoms of rosacea subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea).

In addition to these common effects of rosacea, the survey found that more than one-half of the respondents had been affected by a number of less well-known potential effects of the condition. 61% of respondents said they had also experienced eye symptoms, a condition known as subtype 4 rosacea (ocular rosacea). Among those who experienced eye symptoms, complaints ranged widely, including dry eye, a gritty feeling, eye itching, bloodshot appearance,  burning sensation in the eyes, watery eyes, reduced vision, and styes.

Other widely reported signs and symptoms included facial itching (41%) dry appearance (40%), raised red patches (30%), skin thickening on the nose also called “rhinophyma” (22%), signs beyond the face (21%).

Of those who stated that rosacea had affected areas other than the face, 48% said they had signs and symptoms on the neck, 46% noted the condition had affected the scalp, 42% said it was evident on the chest, 36% said it affected the ears,  16% said it affected the arms and 8% said it affect their legs.

“Many (of those with rosacea) experience a variety of manifestations in succession or at the same time,” said Dr. Boni Elewski, dermatologist and professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. “That’s why it’s important for patients to be aware of the many possible effects of the disorder, so they know when to seek an evaluation and appropriate help from a dermatologist.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: 86% of the respondents reported that rosacea treatments and lifestyle modifications reduced effects of their rosacea.