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Abstract

Background

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.

Objective

We investigated the prevalence of skin diseases in black African patients attending a predominantly black private healthcare facility and profiled the patients.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Limitations

Selection bias was presented by a single private practice, thus data may not be fully representative of our population.

Conclusion

Acne, eczemas, dyschromias, infections, and hair disorders are, in that order, the five most common disorders encountered.