Pattern of skin diseases in an Indian village.

G. S. Rao, S. S. Kumar, Sandhya

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Abstract

Disease pattern in a given population is generally determined by different ecological factors. Thus the objective of our study was to find out the pattern of skin diseases in a given population. Analysis of 3673 patients attending a medical camp at Kumble in Kerala state showed 410(11.16%) patients with dermatological problems. 260(63.41%) of them were males and 150(36.59%) females with a male to female ratio of 1.7:1. Of these patients, 178(43.41%) had cutaneous infections and 234(57.07%) had non-infectious dermatoses. Few patients had more than one dermatoses. Fungal infection was the commonest infection seen (22.92%) and eczemas took an upper hand in non-infectious group (32.19%). Improvement in the standard of living, education of the general public, improvement in the environmental sanitation and good nutritious food may help us to bring down the skin disease in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-110
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume57
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2003

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