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Eczema in North West of Libya

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Author(s): Arshah TM | Shambesh MK | Grera AM | AlBaccush M

Journal: Libyan Journal of Medicine
ISSN 1819-6357

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: AOP: 08030;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Eczema | Atopic dermatitis | Zliten | Libya

ABSTRACT
The life style and demographic structure of Libyan society is changing, and this could affect the epidemiology of certain diseases, including eczema. The aim of this study was to assess the burden of eczema among a selected patient population in the Zliten area in the northwest of Libya. We conducted a retrospective study by reviewing case notes and records in public and private dermatology practices in the Zliten area. The frequency of eczema among patients attending dermatology clinics in the Zliten area was 12.8%, and the male to female ratio was almost 1:1. The most affected age group among patients was 20-29 years. Eczema represented a larger proportion of dermatologic conditions during spring and summer. Of all cases of eczema, 72.6% were endogenous and 24.9% were exogenous (p
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