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Ocular Rosacea May Be More Widespread

Ocular rosacea may be more common than widely believed, according to Dr. Guy Webster, professor of dermatology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, who spoke at the recent American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Webster, whose practice is located near an eye hospital, said about half of his rosacea patients have eye symptoms. The ocular symptoms are often subtle, however, and many patients do not even know they have a problem. "It's only after being treated that they realize rosacea had affected their eyes," he said.

H. pylori Might or Might Not Trigger Rosacea

Limited studies have suggested that a bacterium commonly associated with peptic ulcers and other gastric disorders, called Helicobacter pylori, may play a role in triggering rosacea in some patients.

Evidence of H. pylori was found in 19 of 20 rosacea patients in one study and in 26 of 31 rosacea patients in another, according to Dr. Richard B. Odom, chairman of dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco.

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