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WC Fields is the Rosacea Poster Boy


W.C. Fields suffered from rosacea, Phenotype 5. 

"W. C. Fields, the late comedian, used to say, “I’ve no use for water. Water’s for flowing under bridges.” It was a good line, implying that he was a heavy drinker and it triggered a lot of stage laughs. Since that time his huge bulbous nose has been linked with excessive drinking. Alcohol can aggravate Rosacea, but a flaming red nose can also occur in those who do not consume alcohol."  
Dr. W. Gifford-Jones: An overlooked skin condition gets some attention

"Comedian W.C. Fields had audiences rolling during the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, but his skin condition was no laughing matter. His trademark bulbous nose was the result of advanced rosacea, called rhinophyma. Some blamed this celebrity's misshapen nose on alcohol as drinking was a big part of his act and his life. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, while drinking can trigger rosacea to flare, it's not a cause."

Famous Faces With Rosacea, By Regina Boyle Wheeler, everyday health

"The title of this column, a quote from comedian W.C. Fields, refers to his penchant for drinking alcohol. So what does alcohol and W.C. Fields have to do with my topic of rosacea? Read on....The diagnosis of rosacea is made on clinical grounds (i.e. signs and symptoms). There has to be a persistent rash on the central part of the face for at least three months to qualify as rosacea. Classifying rosacea is important in determining the best treatment. The exact cause of rosacea is not well understood, though there are numerous factors that likely play a role."

I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes, By Dr. John Roberts, Montgomery Medicine, The Paper of Montgomery County

"In Asia, rosacea is called “Ju Sa” (酒皻). The Chinese character “Ju” 酒 means alcohol, which happens to have the same pronunciation as redness, and “Sa” 皻 means enlargement of the nose." [1]


Famous Rosaceans

End Notes 

[1] Am J Clin Dermatol 21, 25–35 (2020)
Microbiota in Rosacea
Hei Sung Kim 

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