Weird Skin Stuff

July 2009

FocusWeird Skin Stuff

Presentations of rash

Volume 38, No.7, July 2009 Pages 475-475

Salma Fahridin

Graeme C Miller

In the BEACH program (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) between January 2007 and December 2008 there were 4890 encounters where rash was a presenting symptom. Over 90% (n=4714) of these encounters resulted in a skin or general/ unspecified problem being managed, which are referred to here as rash encounters, and accounted for 2.5% of the total encounters over the 2 year period.

The gender distribution of patients presenting with rash were similar to all BEACH encounters. However, younger patients were more likely to present with rash, with one-quarter (24.5%) of patients being under the age of 15 years compared with 11.8% of all encounters.

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