oa Professional Nursing Today - Eczema and contact dermatitis : clinical
The skin forms the largest organ of the body, accounting for about 16% of a person's weight. It performs many roles, such as controlling internal body temperature (core temperature), preventing harmful bacteria, viruses and chemicals from entering the body, and aiding the manufacture of vitamin D from sunlight. There is great importance attached to the appearance of skin, so medical conditions affecting the skin not only affect our state of well-being, but also the way we interact with each other which, in turn, leads to other far-reaching consequences, such as holding down jobs and maintaining relationships.
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