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Rosacea Linked to Migraines in Women

Update Date: Sep 20, 2013 07:00 PM EDT

Women who suffer migraines are more likely to also suffer rosacea, a new study suggests.

The latest research used the United Kingdom-based General Practice Research Database to identify patients with incident rosacea between 1995 and 2009. Researchers compared 53,927 participants with the skin diseases to 53,927 rosacea-free control subjects.

Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland found a small overall association between rosacea and migraine in women, but not in men.

The study revealed that the effect was more pronounced in women aged 50 to 59 who suffered migraines. Researchers noted that female triptan users also exhibited slightly increasing risk estimates with increasing age, with the highest odds ratio seen in women aged 60 years and older, according to HealthDay.

"We observed a slightly increased risk for female migraineurs to develop rosacea, particularly in women with severe migraine aged 50 years or older," researchers wrote in the study.

The findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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