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Common and important skin rashes in primary care

STEPHANIE BLAKE, Stephen Shumack

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Abstract

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.

Key Points

  • 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.

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