Abstract

A CLINICO-EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY OF DERMATOSES PREVALENT IN CHILDREN ATTENDING GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN URBAN AREAS OF AMALAPURAM

Author(s): Gitu Duara 1 , S. Rama Tulasi 2 , Kasi Viswanath 3 , Chandana Anusha 4 , Kiran Kanth

Skin diseases are amongst the most frequent disease of school going-children in many developing as well as developed countries. The pattern and prevalence of these dermatoses depend on various epidemiological factors. The pattern and prevalence of these dermatoses can reflect the health, hygiene, socioeconomic status and the environmental condition prevailing in a certain community. In our country 100-150 million children are of school going age. The prevalence of paediatric dermatoses in various parts of India has ranged from 8.7% to 35% in school based surveys. So an effort has been made here to bring forth the pattern, prevalence and socio-demographic determinants of skin diseases among school going children in a town of South India. This study was conducted in students of class 1 to class x of the government schools in Amalapuram town of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. Health education programme with emphasis on personal hygiene and environmental sanitation together with providing knowledge of the aetiology and spread of the disease and various treatments available would go a long way in controlling these diseases