Intended for healthcare professionals

Dermatological emergencies

The term ‘dermatological emergencies’ encompasses numerous skin conditions that pose a potential threat to the integrity of the integument. Many of these conditions also reflect the presence of underlying systemic illness and some cause considerable cutaneous or systemic morbidity and can be potentially lethal. Recognising these conditions early and correctly can minimise such danger. Identification of the signs associated with these skin conditions will help in making an accurate diagnosis, thereby leading to early referral to secondary or tertiary centres geared to manage these patients.
Dermatology in practice 2006; 14(1): 6–9
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