Challenges of identifying eczema in darkly pigmented skin
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Challenges of identifying eczema in darkly pigmented skin

Joan Myers Nurse consultant for children and young people, Goodmayes Hospital, North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Ilford, Essex

With the changing demography of the UK, it is imperative for nurses to be culturally aware and competent in identifying and treating skin conditions presented in people across a spectrum of ethnic backgrounds, as Joan Myers explains

There is a paucity of information about the difference in the presentation of eczema in darkly pigmented skin compared to children with fair or white skin. This article describes the possible challenges of diagnosing eczema in children with darkly pigmented skin. The physiological difference in darkly pigmented skin compared with fair or white skin is explored, and how eczema may be manifested and identified in darkly pigmented skin. The author uses the term darkly pigmented skin to describe children of black Caribbean, African or Asian descent.

Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 6,24-28. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.6.24.e571

Correspondence

joan.myers@nelft.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 September 2014

Accepted: 16 April 2015