Many of the common and serious presentations to primary care that are related to dermatology are listed here. GPs need up-to-date information to help with initial investigation and management strategies, and recommendations for when to refer on.
- Patients with skin problems comprise 17% of general practice consultations in Australia.
- Patients can present to primary care with skin problems ranging from autoimmune and inflammatory conditions to dermatological emergencies.
- Autoimmune and inflammatory problems include dermatitis, psoriasis and acne.
- Infectious diseases such as tinea, cellulitis and scabies are also common.
- Occasionally, patients may present with dermatological emergencies such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
- It is important that GPs are aware how to diagnose and manage these conditions, and know when to refer patients.