Skin conditions are the 4th largest cause of nonfatal disease burden across the world. Patients can present to primary care with skin problems ranging from autoimmune and inflammatory conditions to dermatological emergencies. Autoimmune and inflammatory problems include dermatitis, psoriasis and acne. Infectious diseases such as tinea, cellulitis and scabies are also common. Occasionally, patients may present with dermatological emergencies such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. It is important that GPs are aware how to diagnose and manage these conditions, and know when to refer patients.
Modern Medicine – Issue 6 2020