Women who have rosacea might be at higher risk of also having multiple sclerosis risk.
Multiple sclerosis risk has been found to be higher in rosacea-affected women. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Copenhagen who found a higher risk of multiple sclerosis in women with rosacea, compared to women without the skin condition.
The study looked at patients diagnosed with rosacea between January 1997 and December 2011. Each of the subjects was matched with five controls, with 6,759 rosacea patients and 33,795 controls in total.
The researchers then identified patients with multiple sclerosis and found that rosacea patients had a 1.5-fold increased risk of multiple sclerosis, compared to those without rosacea. When the participants were divided by gender, the association was only seen in women.
The study only observed the trend and cannot establish a cause-and-effect relationship. Additional research is required to uncover the underlying mechanisms that could be contributing to the association.
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