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Patterns of Ambulatory Care Usage and Leading Treatments for Rosacea.

J Dermatolog Treat. 2013 Oct 30;

Authors: Davis SA, Feldman SR

Abstract Background: Millions of rosacea sufferers are not being treated, and the reasons they do not get treatment are not well characterized. Objective: To determine the main reasons for visit, providers seen, and treatments used for rosacea. Methods: We used data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey for 1993-2010, tabulating the leading reasons for visit, providers seen, and treatments used in rosacea visits. Results: There were 1,750,000 visits per year for rosacea. The leading reasons for visit were other diseases of the skin (25.3%), skin rash (19.6%), and discoloration or abnormal pigmentation (14.7%). Dermatologists managed 72.4% of visits. The most common treatments used were topical metronidazole (29.3%), tetracycline (11.0%), minocycline (8.5%), doxycycline (7.9%), and oral metronidazole (6.9%). Limitations: Some reasons for visit were too nonspecific to provide good insight on why the patient made a visit. Conclusions: Dermatologists manage rosacea most commonly, but primary care physicians need the proper training to diagnose it correctly. Improved strategies to reach untreated people with rosacea are needed.

PMID: 24171399 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24171399?dopt=Abstract = URL to article

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