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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-81

Cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics

Gatha S Rao 
 Department of Skin and STDs, KMC Hospital, Mangalore, India

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Gatha S Rao
Department of Skin and STDs, KMC Hospital, Attavar, Mangalore - 575001

BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption can have a variety of cutaneous manifestations. Awareness of the cutaneous changes of alcohol abuse can allow early detection and intervention in an attempt to limit the adverse medical consequences. Hence a study was planned to determine the cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics. AIMS: To determine the cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics. METHODS: All the patients attending alcohol de-addiction camps were examined for cutaneous changes. The results were analyzed using Gausian test and compared with other reports. RESULTS: Out of 200 alcoholics examined for cutaneous changes, 182 (91%) had cutaneous, nail, hair or oral cavity changes. Nail changes were found in 51 (25.5%) alcoholics, koilonychia being the commonest (16%). Oral changes were present in 107 (53.5%) alcoholics and changes due to nutritional deficiency in 20 (10%). Diseases due to poor hygiene were seen in 55 (27.5%) alcoholics. Tinea versicolor (14%) and seborrheic dermatitis (11.5%) were the commonest cutaneous changes noted. CONCLUSION: Even though alcohol abuse has a variety of cutaneous manifestations and perhaps aggravates many diseases, there are no specific cutaneous signs of alcoholism. Knowledge of the spectrum of cutaneous manifestations of alcohol abuse can allow its early detection and treatment in an attempt to minimize the medical consequences.

How to cite this article:
Rao GS. Cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics.Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2004;70:79-81

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Rao GS. Cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2004 [cited 2021 Jan 20 ];70:79-81
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