The health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) impact of centrofacial erythema associated with rosacea correlates positively with erythema severity, according to a recent survey. These results should prompt clinicians to discuss this impact with patients, study authors add.
Previous studies have examined the impact of rosacea on quality of life in a general way, says lead author Hilary Baldwin, M.D. But few, if any, have looked specifically at the impact of erythema in this regard. She is director of the Acne Treatment and Research Center in Morristown, New Jersey.
"There are so many people with rosacea," says Dr. Baldwin, "and so few of them seeking treatment."
Patients invariably say that rosacea and its erythema impact their lives severely. "Yet they don't end up doing much about it. We're having a hard time trying to figure out the disconnect between rosacea being a life-changing event and people not seeking care."
Perhaps people are unaware that care is available and affordable, she says.
"Perhaps they don't realize that we have topical medications now to treat the redness, and that they don’t necessarily have to fork out lots of money for laser treatments," Dr. Baldwin says.