Emotional Toll of Rosacea
People 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.
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