Rosacea Diagnosis and Subtypes
The classification of rosacea into subtypes by the NRS 'expert' committee in 2002 has been controversial from the beginning. The ROSCO panel has taken the classification of rosacea in a new direction, classifying rosacea into phenotypes. The RRDi has endorsed this new classification of rosacea into phenotypes.
For those who are not acquainted with the old subtype classification of rosacea may need a basic understanding of diagnosing rosacea.
Diagnosing Rosacea into Subtypes
There are no clinical, serological or other diagnostic tests for rosacea. A diagnosis of rosacea is simply arrived through taking a patient history and a physical examination by a physician which may include some tests to rule out other skin conditions that mimic rosacea. There have been proposed a number of rosacea subtypes by various authorities. The RRDi lists at least five (with some other proposed subtypes in consideration):
Papulopustular (Papules & Pustules)
Ocular (red, dry or gritty eyes)
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Phentotypes vs Subtypes
ROSCO Panel Recommends New Approach on Rosacea Diagnosis by Phenotype
Other Proposed Subtypes
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