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J Agromedicine. 2007;12(4):71-9.

Common skin disorders seen in the migrant farmworker health care clinic setting.

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Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Skin diseases are common occupational illnesses for farmworkers. Migrant farmworkers commonly access rural health clinics for diagnosis and treatment of skin disease.

PURPOSE:

To assess common skin conditions of migrant farmworkers treated in rural clinics and to describe effective and economic management of these conditions.

METHODS:

Seventy-nine farmworkers with a skin condition were seen as patients at 4 clinics in eastern North Carolina. A list of the most common conditions encountered was compiled and treatment methods were found in the literature.

RESULTS:

Twenty-three common conditions were identified. The most common conditions were contact dermatitis, melasma, tinea, seborrheic keratoses, and impetigo. A table of treatment recommendations was composed that can be used by clinicians in this setting.

CONCLUSIONS:

Generally, the most common skin conditions seen in the migrant farmworker population in eastern North Carolina are similar to conditions found in the general population.

PMID:
19042681
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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