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Skin diseases more common in older adults 

Skin diseases more common in older adults
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Skin diseases more common in older adults
Author(s):

Christophe Trivalle

and Daniel Wallach

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0150
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date: 19 August 2019

In this chapter, we briefly survey the more common skin diseases seen in older adults. All elderly people have cutaneous lesions, and knowledge of the principles of dermatology is needed for their management, because some of these lesions have potentially severe and lethal consequences. Older people are rarely free from skin problems and a certain degree of dermatological expertise is required to distinguish between benign consequences of ageing, dermatitis requiring intervention, and life-threatening dermatoses. Older people do not usually have easy access to dermatologists. Preliminary experiments of telemedicine showed that for specific situations, such as leg ulcers or for an expert advice, remote consultations can be useful. Meanwhile, close attention and early referral may be needed to avoid unnecessary suffering.

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