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The spectrum of skin diseases in a black population in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Article first published online: 16 APR 2014
© 2014 The International Society of Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 279–285, March 2015
How to Cite
Dlova, N. C., Mankahla, A., Madala, N., Grobler, A., Tsoka-Gwegweni, J. and Hift, R. J. (2015), The spectrum of skin diseases in a black population in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. International Journal of Dermatology, 54: 279–285. doi: 10.1111/ijd.12589
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2015
- Article first published online: 16 APR 2014
- Department of Dermatology
- Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Award
- Dermatological Society of South Africa Research Grant
- University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) College of Health Sciences Strategic Research Fund
- UKZN Competitive Research Fund
- National Research Foundation (NRF)/Indigenous knowledge Systems (IKS)
- Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
- University of KwaZulu-Natal Leadership and Equity Advancement Programme (LEAP)
Precise knowledge of the prevalence and spectrum of skin diseases in a population allows for effective planning for provision of dermatology services and distribution of resources. There are no published data on the epidemiology of skin disorders in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
We investigated the prevalence of skin diseases in black African patients attending a predominantly black private healthcare facility and profiled the patients.
Clinical charts of all black African patients seen between January 2003 and December 2010 in a private practice in Durban were reviewed. The diseases seen were described and the prevalence calculated.
A total of 6664 patient charts were reviewed. The five most common conditions were acne, eczemas, dyschromias, infections, and hair disorders. These data agree with reports from other parts of the world.
Selection bias was presented by a single private practice, thus data may not be fully representative of our population.
Acne, eczemas, dyschromias, infections, and hair disorders are, in that order, the five most common disorders encountered.