[Epidemiologic study of skin diseases among immigrants in Alicante, Spain]

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Albares MP, Belinchón I, Ramos JM, Sánchez-Payá J, Betlloch I

BACKGROUND: The influx of a large number of immigrants has altered the sociodemographic profile in Spain. To date, few studies of the skin diseases of immigrants to Spain have been done.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of visits by immigrants to our dermatology clinic, to describe their skin complaints, and to compare them to those of the autochthonous Spanish population.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Prospective, descriptive, analytic study, with an observational substudy of cases and controls from a cross-section of the population. We included all immigrant patients seen at the dermatology clinic between February 2005 and February 2006.

RESULTS: Visits by immigrants to the dermatology clinic accounted for 4.1% of the caseload. Their most frequent complaints were eczematous dermatitis (18.4%), viral warts (6.4%), and acne (6.3%). Comparison between the immigrant and autochthonous patient populations showed that eczematous dermatitis, alopecia, melasma, ringworm, scabies, Herpes simplex infection, keratosis pilaris, and xerosis were significantly more frequent among immigrant patients, whereas viral warts, actinic keratosis, hidradenitis suppurativa, lupus, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma were significantly less frequent (P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS: The immigrant population consults the dermatologist about skin conditions that are already well represented in our routine practice. As the infectious skin diseases of immigrants are also common in our environment, these patients are unlikely to transmit serious tropical skin diseases to the local population.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Actas dermo-sifiliograficas
Journal Abbreviation: Actas Dermosifiliogr
Journal Date Published:

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 21920489
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21920489
Lasted Revision: 2012-03-16

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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