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Summer 2006, Vol. 14 No. 2

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2006) 14, 66-70


Original Article

Prevalence of skin problems in elderly homes residents in Hong Kong

SW Chan 陳弘

Abstract
Skin problems are common among elderly and its importance is growing due to the aging population. Two hundred and fifty-seven elderlies staying in four elderly homes were visited and undergone screening of skin diseases in this study. The average age of the elderly was eighty-six. 55.6% of them had one or more dermatology diagnoses made during screening. There was no difference between male and female residents. The commonest problem was xerosis followed by onychomycosis.(Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2006) 14, 66-70)