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 REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 77  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 413--417

Skin in aviation and space environment


Department of Dermatology, Air Force Hospital, Jorhat, Assam - 785 005, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjiv Grover
Department of Dermatology, Air Force Hospital, Jorhat, Assam - 785005
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.82387

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The aerospace environment is a dynamic interaction between man, machine and the environment. Skin diseases are not particularly significant aeromedically, yet they could permanently affect an aviator's status for continued flying duty. A number of dermatological conditions lend themselves to flying restrictions for the aviator. Aircrew and ground crew are exposed to a myriad of elements that could also adversely impact their flying status. Inflight stresses during flights as well as space travel could impact certain behaviors from a dermatological standpoint. With the advent of space tourism, dermatological issues would form an integral part of medical clearances. With limited literature available on this subject, the review article aims to sensitize the readers to the diverse interactions of dermatology with the aerospace environment.






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