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Flexural rashes and their management

Many common dermatoses affect the skinfolds. However, when the distribution is exclusively flexural, diagnostic difficulties can occur. Flexural skin is prone to maceration and friction leading to alteration of the characteristic appearance of dermatoses. Similarly, a mixed clinical picture may result from superimposed infection. It is therapeutically important to reduce skin vulnerability by addressing physical factors such as obesity, sweating, incontinence and soiling. We discuss a number of dermatoses that occur within the skin flexures, with or without involvement elsewhere.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(4): 6–9
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