The Emotional Side of Rosacea
There is a growing body of evidence one of the most significant side effects of Rosacea is the emotional toll it has on those who have the condition. In fact, emotional stress can cause a never-ending cycle of flare-ups that exacerbate the condition.
- An astonishing 69% (almost three-quarters of respondents) experience a Rosacea flare-up related to emotional stress at least once a month
- 76% of respondents felt that Rosacea had lowered their self-esteem
- 88% of patients with severe symptoms said that Rosacea had adversely affected their professional interactions
- And 90% of respondents reported that they suffered from some sort of physical discomfort due to their condition.
Apart from the obvious discomfort of Rosacea, the emotional and social effects are often more damaging. According to Dr. John Wolf, Chairman of Dermatology at Baylor University, “emotional stress is not only a common rosacea trigger but is often the result of its symptoms, creating a tailspin for many patients. Add to this the social impact and potential physical discomforts of the disorder, and there are many aspects of Rosacea that go well beyond its effects on personal appearance.” (Excerpt from National Rosacea Society – When Redness Makes You Blue)
Finding Dr. Right
Given the complexities of treating Rosacea – a difficult enough condition to manage without the added complication of emotional distress – it’s imperative that you find the right doctor.
In many of today’s ‘financially-centric’ medical practices, patients often complain that physicians seem to have little compassion for their problem and even less time to listen to their concerns which sends a message of disinterest in the individual. For Rosacea sufferers, this can trigger frustration, emotional distress and depression – not a good outcome when there is evidence to suggest that Rosacea can be exacerbated by emotional distress.
Find a doctor who communicates clearly, respectfully, and in terms you understand. If you can’t find a doctor who treats Rosacea, your primary care physician should be able to refer someone to you.
Ask for a consultation prior to your medical examination to establish whether this is the right doctor for you.
Speak openly and honestly with your doctor, describing your symptoms and how you’re feeling so that, together, you can determine the best course of treatment. At RosaceaFacts.com, they have developed a series of questions, discussion points and observations you can prepare for your doctor for a more meaningful consultation:
- Thoroughly describe your symptoms. Do they include facial redness, red bumps, visible blood vessels, thicker skin, or irritated eyes.
- Explain how your Rosacea symptoms make you feel – embarrassed, insecure, hesitant, or are they disrupting your daily routine.
- Ask when you can do to prevent flare-ups.
- Find out how to identify and avoid triggers (things that cause a Rosacea flare-up).
- Discuss other medical conditions that may affect or interact with your Rosacea.
- Discuss a skincare routine that helps manage your condition.
- Finally, don’t hesitate to ask any additional questions that may preset themselves during your appointment.
For more information on Rosacea read our related articles below and visit the National Rosacea Societywebsite at www.rosacea.org.
- Phases of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- April is Rosacea Awareness Month (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Types of Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Rosacea and the Sun (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Natural Treatment for Rosacea (healthyskinsolutions.com)
- Actress Cynthia Nixon speaks up about rosacea diagnosis (foxnews.com)