oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Eczema and contact dermatitis - a review : review
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 manufacture of vitamin D from sunlight. There is great importance attached to the appearance of skin in this modern world, so medical conditions affecting skin not only affects 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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