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

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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Published on 09-15-2008
Authors: Stephen R. Tan MD, FRCPCCorresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author and Whitney D. Tope MPhil, MDStephen R. Tan MD, FRCPCCorresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author and Whitney D. Tope MPhil, MD
Source: American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc.