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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Health professionals may also order bulk quantities for use as educational handouts to patients with rosacea.
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.