Dermatology

July 2011

FocusDermatology

Hair and nails

Volume 40, No.7, July 2011 Pages 476-484

Paul Grinzi

Background

Hair and nails are elements of dermatology that can often be omitted from the dermatological assessment. However, there are common and distressing hair and nail conditions that require diagnosis and management.

Objective/s

This article considers common and important hair and nail presentations to general practice. General and specific conditions will be discussed.

Discussion

Hair conditions may have significant psychological implications. This article considers assessment and management of conditions of too much hair, hair loss or hair in the wrong places. It also considers the common nail conditions seen in general practice and provides a guide to diagnosis and management.

The hair and nails are often neglected in our dermatological assessments, as the sheer number and breadth of conditions affecting the skin can seem overwhelming. This article focuses on common and important presentations to general practice, including general and specific conditions affecting both hair and nails.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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