Role of Environmental Factors and Hygiene in Skin Diseases
Keywords:skin diseases, hygiene, ventilation, dampness,urban, rural
According to a study,skin pattern in a population is generally determined by different ecological and other
factors.The vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty, and disease is still the bane of many developing countries and
plays a prominent role in the prevalence of many skin diseases. The skin disease may be accompanied by great
morbidity, disfigurement, and distress, leading to a major source of social stigma.The body is liable to various
skin infections and it may hamper the physical well-being of the individual.Due to ignorance or lack of proper
education, personal hygiene may not be taken care properly.The present study was conducted to find out the role
of environmental and hygienic factors in common skin diseases.The present study was conducted to find out the
socio-demographic factors associated with common skin diseases . This study was conducted in the field practice
areas of the Urban and Rural Health Centres, Department of Community Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical
College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh,Uttar Pradesh.It was community based and cross-sectional study.
The study period was one year i.e. from June 2016 to May 2017.
Inclusion criteria: All individuals of the household.
Exclusion Criteria: All who did not gave consent.
This study found the association of skin disorder prevalence with presence of dampness in the living environment
of the population.This study reported that prevalence of skin diseases was significantly more in both urban and
rural areas with poor personal hygiene, compared to the individuals having average and good personal hygiene.
And this association is statistically significant for both areas.This study reported that quality of life of rural
population was affected more with the distribution of skin diseases among them.
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