Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bacterial Cause Found In Rosacea Patients

Could Be The Next Cure For Rosacea Sufferers

The Journal Of Medical Microbiology published a review that scientists are closer to establishing a definitive bacterial cause for the skin condition rosacea. This will allow more targeted, effective treatments to be developed for sufferers.

As many of us know who suffer from rosacea, the many trials and medications we use, seems to be endless in our search to cure it.  So this latest research is welcomed news.

This is a basic synopsis of the article; Rosacea is a common dermatological condition that causes reddening and inflammation of the skin mostly around the cheeks, nose and chin.  In severe cases skin lesions may form and lead to disfigurement.  Rosacea affects around 3% of the population -- usually fair-skinned females aged 30-50 and particularly those with weak immune systems.

A new review carried out by the National University of Ireland concludes that rosacea may be triggered by bacteria that live within tiny mites that reside in the skin.

The numbers of Demodex mites living in the skin of rosacea patients is higher than in normal individuals, which has previously suggested a possible role for the mites in initiating the condition.

Studies have shown patients with varying types of rosacea react to the molecules produced by this bacterium -- exposing it as a likely trigger for the condition.  What's more, this bacterium is sensitive to the antibiotics used to treat rosacea.

Dr Kevin Kavanagh who conducted the review explained, "The bacteria live in the digestive tracts of Demodex mites found on the face, in a mutually beneficial relationship.  When the mites die, the bacteria are released and leak into surrounding skin tissues -- triggering tissue degradation and inflammation."

He further added, "Once the numbers of mites increase, so does the number of bacteria, making rosacea more likely to occur.  Targeting these bacteria may be a useful way of treating and preventing this condition."

Learn More at the complete article: Bacterial Cause Found For Skin Condition Rosacea

Keeping Fingers Crossed

This latest research will hopefully lead to achieving the best results for rosacea sufferers.  Many that currently use creams that also cause their own fair share of problems on the skin, like acne or further irritation, will be pleased to learn that science is working toward helping those with this ailment.

Being on the end of "this is all we can offer you right now" just to have repeated bouts of whatever my affliction is for the year, I sincerely hope that the science will lead us to a cure for the many women and men that suffer from what can truly be a painful and embarrassing skin condition.

Here's hoping and praying for those many ladies who are also my clients, that this will end rosacea for them and the damage it causes to their skin and self esteem, in the near future. 

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