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National Rosacea Society Offers New Consumer Booklet

BARRINGTON, Illinois (September 23, 2003) -- The National Rosacea Society has introduced the first consumer education booklet on rosacea that incorporates the new standard diagnostic criteria for this common but poorly understood facial disorder affecting an estimated 14 million Americans. The new diagnostic guidelines were developed by 17 rosacea experts worldwide, and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

"The new booklet should be valuable for the general public, health professionals and rosacea patients alike," said Dr. Diane Thiboutot, associate professor of Dermatology at Pennsylvania State University. "It does an excellent job of explaining and illustrating this common but little-known condition that often severely disrupts people's daily lives. Moreover, physicians will now have an educational booklet for their patients that reflects the new standard guidelines for diagnosing and assessing the disorder."

Available at no charge, the new booklet identifies the primary and secondary features of rosacea, and includes patient photographs showing common patterns of signs and symptoms, designated as subtypes. The booklet also outlines potential causes and general treatment options for rosacea, and identifies common environmental and lifestyle factors that may trigger flare-ups.

The new booklet, called "Understanding Rosacea," can be obtained by writing the National Rosacea Society, 800 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Barrington, Illinois 60010, calling the society toll-free at 1-888-NO-BLUSH or via e-mail at rosaceas@aol.com. Health professionals may also order bulk quantities for use as educational handouts to patients with rosacea.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Press contacts:
Brandy Gonsoulin, Mary Erhard

Press Kit
The National Rosacea Society (NRS) offers a press kit containing a wide range of information, graphics and photos to assist media with stories on rosacea. Please contact us by telephone or e-mail to request a copy.

The NRS has many images relating to rosacea for use with your story. Please contact us by telephone or e-mail to request an image.

The NRS can arrange media interviews with physicians who have in-depth knowledge of rosacea. Please contact us by telephone or email to request an interview.

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National Rosacea Society
196 James St.
Barrington, IL 60010

Our Mission

The National Rosacea Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with rosacea by raising awareness, providing public health information and supporting medical research on this widespread but little-known disorder. The information the Society provides should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace

consultation with a qualified physician. The Society does not evaluate, endorse or recommend any particular medications, products, equipment or treatments. Rosacea may vary substantially from one patient to another, and treatment must be tailored by a physician for each individual case. For more information, visit About Us.