Study: Majority of Rosacea Sufferers Unaware of Correlation to Sun Exposure

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With summer quickly approaching, 72% of respondents suffering from rosacea aren’t aware of further sun exposure risks

A recent study published by The Patient’s Guide on June 1st, 2011 indicates that few rosacea sufferers are aware that further prolonged exposure to sunlight can possibly worsen their condition. Of the 189 respondents who took part in the 5 question survey on RosaceaTreatment.org, 136 answered “no” to a true-false question asking if sunlight was related to rosacea flare-ups or increased severity of the condition. Based on findings from the remaining questions, it appears that patients feel alcohol abuse and certain dietary issues were more substantial factors. This secondary assumption is inconclusive however, and further studies will be created to specifically substantiate the findings.

The most common symptom for this skin condition involves the growth of telangiectasia (otherwise known as spider veins), which are small blood vessels that form just under the surface of the skin causing redness and in some cases excessive tissue growth. This is often seen on the nose, cheeks, chin, forehead and even eyes. Certain triggers cause the spider veins to dilate causing a ‘flushing’ or redness.

While the correlation to sunlight might not be as well known among patients, it’s widely accepted among experts in the dermatology community. “The first way to avoid spider veins on your face is to try to make sure you don’t get them in the first place,” says Dr. Joshua Fox, founder of Advanced Dermatology PC and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. He explains that while some such veins are promoted by genetics or hormones, “the main way to keep spider veins from appearing on your face is through constant and consistent protection from the damaging rays of the sun.”

While treating the overall condition is difficult, managing the facial vein symptoms gives patients greater hope. “Various lasers are used to treat rosacea, including the ND:YAG laser, the pulsed-dye laser, and the KTP laser.” says Dr. Eric Bernstein, a leading dermatologist who specializes in rosacea treatment. “Although most patients see a significant improvement in their symptoms following one laser session, several sessions are usually needed to complete the treatment.”

Given the onset of summer and increased exposure to UV rays, one of the most important self-help measures you can take to manage your rosacea is to wear protective clothing and a sunblock whenever you go outdoors. If treatment of the veins is an available option, more information can be found at http://www.rosaceatreatment.org or http://www.veinclinics.com.

SOURCE: The Patients Guide

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