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Children's Palliative Care in Africa$
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Justin Amery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.001.0001

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Skin problems

Skin problems

(p.189) Chapter 10 Skin problems
Children's Palliative Care in Africa

Justin Amery

Michelle Meiring

Oxford University Press

Skin problems are very common in children's palliative care, and particularly in children with HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that 92% of patients with HIV will experience skin problems during the course of the illness. The most common causes of skin problems in HIV/AIDS infected children are bacterial infections, fungal infections, viral infections (especially herpes), and infestations (especially scabies). Children with cancers can also suffer with fungating tumours, sores, and hyperhidrosis. As HIV/AIDS progresses, skin problems become more severe and problems such as candidiasis, oral hairy leukoplakia, folliculitis, herpes simplex, and molluscum develop. Skin problems are very distressing, but may be overlooked or not taken seriously by health workers. Fortunately, most skin problems benefit from simple skin care advice. There are simple and systematic ways of approaching management of skin problems, even if one does not know exactly what the underlying cause is.

Keywords:   Africa, palliative care, skin care, folliculitis, herpes, HIV

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