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Skin Conditions in Crisis Areas 

Skin Conditions in Crisis Areas
Skin Conditions in Crisis Areas

Marcia Glass

, Carrie Kovarik

, Mara Haseltine

, Sandra L. Freiwald

, and Susan Barbour

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date: 31 March 2020

This chapter describes the most common and urgent skin issues facing palliative-medicine providers working in conflict zones, epidemics, and natural disasters. The first section focuses on exposure-related skin conditions, including burns, firearm injuries, frostbite, and snake bites. The second section describes lethal bacteria commonly found in floodwaters. The third section explores common skin conditions facing terminally and severely ill patients in crisis areas. The fourth section explains noninfectious yet potentially life-threatening skin diseases in these settings. The final section describes the opportunistic infections which could target patients with HIV anywhere.

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