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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-37

A cross-sectional study of dermatological problems among differently-abled children

1 Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Raghavendra Rao
Department of Dermatology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.92674

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Background: Differently-abled children may be particularly susceptible to skin disorders either as a direct consequence of their disability or due of lack awareness regarding personal and environmental hygiene. Aim: To study the prevalence of skin problems in differently-abled children. Materials and Methods: A total of 122 differently-abled children in two special schools were examined for this study. Details regarding the disabilities were obtained from the school records. Results: More than half (53.2%) of the children had skin problems. Infections and infestations, acne, and dermatitis were the common dermatoses encountered in the present study. Conclusion: Periodic skin examination is of vital importance for all people with disabilities to reach a proper diagnosis and to offer treatment. Health education for teachers and parents on maintenance of sound personal hygiene and a clean environment is also recommended.

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