Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview.

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  • Author(s): Palmer, Sarah Jane
  • Source:
    British Journal of Community Nursing (BR J COMMUNITY NURS), May2020; 25(5): 222-226. (5p)
  • Publication Type:
    Article
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      Registered nurse and freelance writer, based at the Department of Work and Pensions as a disability analyst
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      The skin is one of the most important parts of the human body. It protects the underlying tissue from injury and is a valuable part of the homeostatic processes. The skin is delicate, and, therefore, dermatological intervention is an important part of patient care in the case of skin problems. Older people have more frail and aged skin, which must be treated correctly to avoid skin breaks, especially where there are any dermatological conditions present. Not only this, but where there is a wound, the dressing must be chosen and applied carefully, to treat the condition but also to avoid damage when it comes to removing the dressing, due to the risk of the skin tearing, which can be a common problem in older adults. Further, the thinner, drier skin of older people has moisture and barrier changes that lead to a higher susceptibility to eczema. This article provides an overview of the aetiological, diagnostic and treatment aspects of geriatric dermatology, with a focus on the common allergic skin conditions (dermatitis) seen in older adults.
    • Journal Subset:
      Core Nursing; Double Blind Peer Reviewed; Editorial Board Reviewed; Europe; Expert Peer Reviewed; Nursing; Peer Reviewed; Public Health; UK & Ireland
    • Special Interest:
      Gerontologic Care
    • ISSN:
      1462-4753
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 9815827
    • Publication Date:
      20200511
    • Publication Date:
      20200514
    • DOI:
      10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222
    • Accession Number:
      143103263
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PALMER, S. J. Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview. British Journal of Community Nursing, [s. l.], v. 25, n. 5, p. 222–226, 2020. DOI 10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=143103263. Acesso em: 22 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Palmer SJ. Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview. British Journal of Community Nursing. 2020;25(5):222-226. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222
    • APA:
      Palmer, S. J. (2020). Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview. British Journal of Community Nursing, 25(5), 222–226. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Palmer, Sarah Jane. 2020. “Dermatological Conditions in Older Adults: Clinical Overview.” British Journal of Community Nursing 25 (5): 222–26. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222.
    • Harvard:
      Palmer, S. J. (2020) ‘Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview’, British Journal of Community Nursing, 25(5), pp. 222–226. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Palmer, SJ 2020, ‘Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview’, British Journal of Community Nursing, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 222–226, viewed 22 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Palmer, Sarah Jane. “Dermatological Conditions in Older Adults: Clinical Overview.” British Journal of Community Nursing, vol. 25, no. 5, May 2020, pp. 222–226. EBSCOhost, doi:10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Palmer, Sarah Jane. “Dermatological Conditions in Older Adults: Clinical Overview.” British Journal of Community Nursing 25, no. 5 (May 2020): 222–26. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.5.222.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Palmer SJ. Dermatological conditions in older adults: clinical overview. British Journal of Community Nursing [Internet]. 2020 May [cited 2020 Oct 22];25(5):222–6. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=143103263