oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Recognising skin infections in the pharmacy : review

Volume 82, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



The pharmacy is often the first port of call for patients with a dermatological disorder. The percentage of people who consult pharmacies in connection with skin conditions is unknown. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that a large number of minor skin complaints are routinely seen in community pharmacies. These conditions may be bacterial, fungal, viral, parasitical or allergic in nature. When considering skin complaints, it is important to distinguish between diseases of the skin itself, systemic diseases with a cutaneous manifestation, as well as cutaneous adverse drug reactions. Of the many skin conditions with which patients present at a pharmacy, only a few will be considered, with a focus on their aetiology, clinical features and treatment options.

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