Risk of rosacea higher in females with migraines

September 24, 2013

Women who suffer from migraines may have a slightly higher risk of rosacea, a study suggests.

Women who suffer from migraines may have a slightly higher risk of rosacea, a study suggests.

Investigators from the University of Basel, Switzerland, studied 53,927 participants with incident rosacea between 1995 and 2009. Participants were identified from the General Practice Research Database in the United Kingdom. They were matched with the same number of control participants who did not have rosacea, according to the study abstract.

There was a small overall association between rosacea and migraines in women (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 1.22, 95 percent confidence interval 1.16-1.29) but not in men. The effect was more pronounced in female migraine sufferers ages 50 to 59 (adjusted OR, 1.36).

“Female triptan users also revealed slightly increasing risk estimates with increasing age, with the highest odds ratio of 1.66 (95 percent confidence interval 1.30-2.10) in women ages 60 years or older,” study authors noted.

The findings were published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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