Skin diseases among internally displaced Tawerghans living in camps in Benghazi, Libya



Elfaituri SS.


Int J Dermatol. 2016 Sep;55(9):1000-4. doi: 10.1111/ijd.13115. Epub 2015 Nov 13.


BACKGROUND: Benghazi has received many internally displaced persons (IDPs) from other Libyan cities as a result of the armed conflict in Libya. These groups have significant health problems associated with their displacement, including skin diseases. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the spectrum and frequency of skin diseases among people living in IDP camps in Benghazi. METHODS: A total of 480 IDP camp residents with complaints of skin diseases were studied over a period of 6 months. RESULTS: All subjects were ethnic Tawerghans; about three-quarters were female and half were adults. The disease types found to occur at the highest frequencies were skin infections (40.0%), followed by xerosis (31.3%), eczema (18.3%), acne (17.0%), hair-related diseases (6.7%), and psychosomatic diseases (3.0%). CONCLUSIONS: People who are resident in IDP camps have skin problems similar to those of other populations in similar circumstances. They have increased vulnerability to infections, environment-associated disorders such as xerosis cutis and eczema, and diseases of psychosomatic origin. CI – © 2015 The International Society of Dermatology.

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Link/DOI: 10.1111/ijd.13115