Skin disorders are considered the fourth most common cause of human diseases, but many sick people don’t go to the doctor. In a new study published in the journal of the European Academy of dermatology and venereology (Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology), estimated prevalence of skin diseases outside of the typical medical facility.
To include people who never or rarely seek treatment, the study was not based on health insurance data and on data collected at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. A screening study was performed randomly on one of the most popular beer festivals, which attracts lovers of this drink from around the world.
Of 2701 people who participated in the study, at least one abnormality of the skin was observed in 1662 participants (64,5%). The most common diagnoses were actinic keratosis (26,6%), rosacea (25,5%) and eczema (11.7 per cent). Skin diseases increased with age and was more frequently found in males (72,3%) than women (58%). Almost two-thirds of the participants, which were found with dermatological problem, did not know about the abnormal skin conditions.
“Skin disease may even be more common than previously thought. Given their significant impact on personal, family and social life and their economic burden caused by inadequate treatment themselves or specialists the importance of skin diseases for public health is that they are undervalued. Information and educational campaign is needed to better address this neglected problem and reduce the global burden of skin diseases,” said senior author Dr. Alexander Zinc, from the Technical University of Munich.
Recall that the skin is the largest organ of the human body, so the results of recent studies indicate that disease of the skin can lead to disorders of other body systems.
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