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Pulsed dye laser treatment of rosacea improves erythema, symptomatology, and quality of life

Stephen R Tan, Whitney D Tope
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2004, 51 (4): 592-9
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BACKGROUND: Persistent erythema and dysesthetic symptoms are typical manifestations of rosacea.

OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess improvement in erythema, symptoms, and quality of life after pulsed dye laser treatment.

METHODS: Sixteen patients with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea participated. Spectrophotometric erythema measurements were taken from the right and left malar prominence; chin; and nasal alae, dorsum, and tip. A questionnaire rating the Dermatology Life Quality Index and symptoms of flushing, burning, itching, dryness, swelling, and skin sensitivity was completed. Treatment was undertaken with the pulsed dye laser at purpuragenic fluences. Measurements and treatment were repeated at 8-week intervals for a total of two treatments.

RESULTS: A statistically significant improvement was observed in symptoms, quality-of-life score, and erythema in all areas with the exception of erythema of the left nasal ala.

CONCLUSIONS: Pulsed dye laser treatment at purpuragenic fluences is a safe and effective treatment for symptomatic rosacea, resulting in a significant improvement in erythema, symptoms, and quality of life.

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