Volume 6 Issue 7 (July, 2018)

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Prevalence of skin diseases in a dermatology outpatient department of a Tertiary Hospital
Bhawana Kapoor, Ankit Kapoor

Background: In planning of the therapeutic and preventive healthcare services, the definition of skin disease prevalence is significant. Use of population based studies is the ideal method for assessing the incidence and prevalence of these dermal disorders .Hence; we planned the present study to assess the incidence of various skin disorders in a known population. Materials & methods: The present study included evaluation of prevalence of various skin disorders among patients of known population. A total of 100 subjects were included in the present study. Complete clinical examination of all the patients was carried out. Based on the findings of anamnesis and clinical manifestations, diagnosis of all the patients was done. Biopsy was done where ever indicated and hisotpathologic sections were examined. All the results were recorded on Microsoft excel sheet and were analysed by SPSS software. Results: Contact dermatitis, Acne, Dermatophytosis ,Urticaria, Atopic dermatitis, Seborrhoeic dermatitis, Lichen simplex chronicus, Callus, Psoriasis and Viral warts were the common skin lesions encountered in the present study. Among these, acne and dermatophytosis was the most commonly encountered skin lesion found to be present in 23 percent and 20 percent of the total patients respectively. Conclusion: Adequate knowledge of the epidemiology of the different skin lesions will help in forming treatment protocols at the community level. Key words: Epidemiological, Prevalence, Skin lesions

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