Emotional Toll of Rosacea

rosaceaPeople who have rosacea, regardless of type or overall severity, experience a significantly strong negative emotional impact, according to a recent study by the National Rosacea Society.  Of the nearly 2000 patients examined in this study, 82% of those who described their condition as mild to moderate felt that rosacea created a burden on their lives.  90% of those with moderate to severe rosacea noted the unfavorable effects as well.

Specific negative emotions included lower self-esteem (90%), embarrassment (88%), frustration (76%), anxiety (54%), helplessness (54%), depression (43%), anger (34%) and isolation (32%).  Additionally, 52% of survey respondents noted that they had intentionally avoided face-to-face contact, especially when their rosacea was flared up.
It’s sad to read these responses, but rosacea patients should not have to suffer in silence or feel isolated. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments available which can decrease and control the worst symptoms.  As I have discovered through treatments here at Maine Laser Skin Care, medical intervention can treat the redness and inflammation appearances of rosacea.
The improvement of redness alone can definitely help ease the emotional impact of this condition for many people.  In fact, 68% of surveyed patients stated that when their condition was effectively treated, they felt both their emotional well-being and the quality of their social interactions improve significantly.
You can certainly refer to our previous blog posts concerning discussions of the theories of the causes of rosacea and specific details of treatment.  If you or any loved ones have the condition, there is treatment and hope.  Give us a call at 207-873-2158 to schedule a free initial consultation and individual discussion of your needs in this area.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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