More than one third of participants (39.1%) in a study published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society had three or more simultaneous skin diseases, researchers report.

In addition, according to the study of 552 adults aged 70 to 93 years old, 80% of participants had at least one skin disease that required treatment, and the most common conditions were fungal skin infections, rosacea, actinic keratosis, and eczema.

Skin diseases were more common in males than in females, and there were weak associations between different skin diseases and socioeconomic status and living status (living alone or with a spouse/other family member), a media release from Wiley notes.

“This research emphasizes the importance of whole body skin evaluations in older patients, as skin diseases are common in this age group. A whole body skin examination may reveal hidden skin symptoms and ensures timely diagnoses and appropriate treatment.”

— lead author Suvi-Päivikki Sinikumpu, MD, PhD, of the University Hospital of Oulu, in Finland

[Source(s): Wiley, EurekAlert]

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