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Spectrum of dermatological manifestation in all female attending tertiary health care in a developing country

Parikshit Sharma, Akhil Shah, Radha Lachhiramani, Ashish Jagati


Background: Skin diseases occur all over the world at significant levels. Skin conditions are both wide spread and among the most prevalent and disabling diseases, and a source of considerable loss of healthy life. They have been identified as a public health problem in developing countries. Skin diseases affect all segments of the population without ethnic variability but are more prevalent among children and women in low socioeconomic groups, essentially due to poor hygienic practices. Objective: Objective was to study the dermatoses in females attending a tertiary health care dermatology clinic. Patients and Methods: Total 600 female patients who were attending the Skin outpatient department during data collection period and were willing to participate constituted the study population. The diseases of the patients were then classified according to infectious and non-infectious dermatoses. Results: Out of 600 Female patients, 36% belonged to the age group of 21-30 years, 28% were illiterate and 59% were unskilled worker. 58% of the patients had various noninfectious dermatoses while 42% had various infectious dermatoses. Conclusions: Apart from environmental factors, skin diseases are mostly dependent on occupation, socioeconomic status and age of the patients.

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