Review identifies skin problems associated with obesity

10/12/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

Obesity is associated with a number of skin disorders, including plantar hyperkeratosis, an increased risk of skin infections, poor wound healing, malignant melanoma and inflammatory dermatoses, according to a review published in The British Journal of Dermatology. Surgical and topical treatments for obesity also carry risks of cutaneous complications, the authors note. Conveying the public health message of weight loss may become an increasingly important role for doctors treating obesity-related skin disorders, the authors conclude.

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