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Eye involvement in disorders of the skin

Many conditions that affect the skin may also affect the eye. These include allergic reactions, seborrhoeic eczema, rosacea, infections, tumours and bullous diseases. This article discusses the clinical features and management of these conditions. Allergy of the eye surface is always uncomfortable, and the occasional patient will develop a persistent problem with sight. Eczema of the eyelids may occur alone, or with conjunctivitis. The cardinal symptom is itching, which may be acute, seasonal or chronic. Likely cause and management depend on the type of allergic stimulus.
Dermatology in practice 2001; 9(1): 28–30
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