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Skin cancer: getting back to basics

All skin types can develop skin cancer and at any age. It is more common among people with light (fair) skin (Fitzpatrick type 1 and 2 skin). Skin cancer can affect both men and women. Even teenagers...

Preventing skin tears among older adults in general practice

Skin tears can present a complex and chronic problem for an older patient with fragile skin, and can be very disabling, reducing quality of life dramatically in some cases. The right care is essential...

Fungal skin infections

Fungal infections caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that invade and grow in dead keratin, lead to infection that is normally confined to dead layers of skin. Because dermatophytes require...

What the practice nurse needs to know about Lyme disease

Infected ticks can be found all over the UK and are found in woodland, heathland and parkland, but have also been found in urban parks and gardens. You can be bitten and infected at any time of the...

Dermatology prescribing update: eczema

Emollients are first line therapy in eczema, this is evidence-based UK guidance (NICE, 2007; 2018; PCDS, 2019). Complete emollient therapy should always be advised, this is: ‘everything that goes on...

Understanding skin infections in older adults

Hahnel et al (2017) investigated the prevalence of skin diseases in older nursing home residents while also exploring the possible associations of these with demographic and medical characteristics....

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