[2 min watch] Most common skin presentations in primary care

Did you know over 16 per cent of GP consultations involve a skin problem?* In this short video, dermatologist Dr Christopher Ross talks about the most common skin complaints seen in the primary care setting in Australia.

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In the video, Dr Ross talks about the most common dermatology presentations seen in general practice, including:

Suspicious skin lesions

One of the most common patient concerns is for suspicious lesions they have found on their skin. Patients are usually concerned about skin cancer, especially if they have had skin cancer before or know someone who has. As 2 in 3 Australians will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, this is a common and valid concern.

In this instance, patients are usually seeking a full-body skin cancer check or a spot check, which can be performed in primary care with dermoscopy.

Rashes

Another common dermatology concern in general practice and specialty dermatology clinics is the appearance of rashes on the skin. Dr Ross explains that the first step to managing rashes is to determine if it is an inflammatory rash or an infective rash or if there is something else going on systemically – as the skin can be a window into what is happening inside the body!

“Sometimes we’ve got to think outside the square in terms of what we see on the skin and what it could represent,” says Dr Ross.

Itch

Another common skin concern is itching. Dr Ross says the first step is to determine if the itch is with or without a rash. He discusses some of the possible causes of itching.

Systemic diseases manifesting in the skin

Dr Ross discusses some of the most common systemic diseases that manifest in the skin, including sarcoidosis and lupus.

“We’ve got to ask about those symptoms and then refer [the patient] on for necessary investigations ,”says Dr Ross.

Watch all this and much more in the full video above!

 

For further information on this topic, you may be interested to learn more about the HealthCert Professional Diploma program in General Dermatology.

Watch another video like this one: How to conduct a general dermatology consultation


* Source: Er Tsing Vivian Tng, Amanda Tapley, Andrew Davey, Sally De Zwaan, Simon Morgan, Mieke van Driel, Elizabeth Holliday, Jean Ball, Nigel Catzikiris, Kim Henderson, Katie Mulquiney, Neil Spike, Rohan Kerr & Parker Magin (2018) General practice registrars’ clinical exposure to dermatological procedures during general practice training: a cross-sectional analysis, Education for Primary Care, 29:6, 357-366, DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2018.1520612

 

 

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