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Feelings of stigmatization in patients with rosacea.

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2016 Jun 21;

Authors: Halioua B, Cribier B, Frey M, Tan J

BACKGROUND: Rosacea is a chronic facial disease that may lead to feelings of stigmatization, which can negatively impact psychological and social well-being.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate different aspects of rosacea that could contribute to feelings of stigmatization.
METHODS: An online survey of a representative sample of the adult population in the UK, France, Germany and US was conducted to identify patients with rosacea based on presence of three or more clinical features.
RESULTS: Among the patients who completed the survey (n = 807), mean age at first sign/symptom of rosacea was 31.3 ± 14.5 years; mean duration of disease was 102 ± 119 months. One-third of patients reported feelings of stigmatization (FS; n = 275). Male patients were more likely to experience FS (49% vs. 37.2% in non-FS population; P = 0.0037). Those with FS were more likely to avoid social situations (54.2% vs. 2.0%, P < 1.00(E-10) ) and had a higher rate of depression (36.7% vs. 21.1%, P < 1.00(E-10) ).
CONCLUSIONS: Stigmatization is important in the daily lives of those with rosacea and should be taken into consideration in the management of these patients.

PMID: 27323701 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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