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Genetics may be at root of one problem.

Rosacea, a chronic disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14 million Americans, may be linked to genetics, according to a recent survey by the National Rosacea Society.

The survey reveals that more than half of the rosacea patients studied had a relative who also suffered from the condition and that people of certain nationalities are more likely than others to develop the disorder.

Rosacea is often referred to as the "curse of the Celts," and the study found that 31% of the respondents had at least one parent of Irish ancestry, while only 11% of the total U.S. population is of Irish heritage.

Those of German and English heritage were also found to be more susceptible to the disease than the average person.

"Although the image of a blushing bride may inspire feelings of warmth and endearment, if the redness persists it may be an early sign of rosacea," says Dr. Richard Odom, professor of dermatology at the University of California. "Often the initial signs can come and go, but without proper care the disorder can grow progressively more severe."

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Title Annotation:facial
Publication:Chain Drug Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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