Screening for common dermatologic disorders amongst Israeli adolescents

Yonit Wohl, T. Freidman, S. Brenner, Y. Bar Dayan

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Abstract

Background: Dermatologic disorders amongst adolescents tend to overlap with general adult dermatology, but specific data are scarce. This study was undertaken to assess the prevalence of common skin disorders in 17-year-old Israeli military conscripts. Methods: Military recruits who underwent medical examination over approximately 1 year were included. Dermatology specialists evaluated and classified those with suspected skin disorders into categories of suitability for military tasks. Data were computerized for analysis of prevalences. Risk ratios for each category were determined for men and women. Results: Of the 94,806 adolescents, 36,511 (38.5%) women and 58,295 (61.5%) men, the most prevalent diagnoses were hyperhidrosis, multiple nevi, atopic dermatitis, keratinization disorders (mostly psoriasis), and contact dermatitis. The most prominent gender differences were in hyperhidrosis, contact dermatitis, and collagen diseases. Conclusion: Major dermatologic problems in adolescents are documented, and the findings may be useful for the military, employers, and general health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1046-1049
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Volume46
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

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