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Perceptions on the Psychological Impact of Facial Erythema Associated with Rosacea: Results of International Survey.

Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2015 May 29;

Authors: Dirschka T, Micali G, Papadopoulos L, Tan J, Layton A, Moore S

INTRODUCTION: Rosacea (including facial erythema) has a negative impact on psychological and emotional health. This survey aimed to assess the impact of facial erythema on subconscious perceptions and the initial reactions of others and how this affects attitudes in different settings. The survey also measured the impact of facial erythema on a person's emotional and psychological wellbeing.
METHODS: A total of 6831 participants from eight countries completed online computer-assisted web interviewing psychological assessments based on the implicit association test. Traditional questionnaires provided data on the impact of facial erythema and perceptions of people with rosacea from other participants.
RESULTS: Facial erythema was strongly associated with poor health and negative personality traits with participants reporting negative impacts of rosacea emotionally, socially and in the workplace. Nearly 80% reported difficulty in controlling facial erythema but those with physician-diagnosed rosacea had significantly improved control versus those with undiagnosed rosacea (39% vs 20%, p < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: People with facial erythema have to manage their own psychological barriers to cope with the disease and deal with the prejudice and negative first impressions of others. Formal diagnosis, advice and treatment from a healthcare professional improve rosacea control.
FUNDING: Galderma.

PMID: 26022994 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26022994?dopt=Abstract = URL to article

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