A.R. Shipman; G.W.M. Millington


The British Journal of Dermatology. 2011;165(4):743-750. 

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Obesity and Other Common Skin Conditions

Obesity may result in a range of respiratory complications,[111] which may necessitate a tracheostomy being performed. Cutaneous complications of this procedure include erosions, ulceration and infection.[112]

Other conditions that may be associated with or aggravated by obesity include hidradenitis suppurativa, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, striae, seborrhoeic dermatitis, scleredema, livedo reticularis, cutis verticis gyrata, lichen myxoedematosus, lipodermatosclerosis, lichen sclerosus and pilonidal sinus.[13,22,73,113–118] However, other factors may be relevant. For example, Malassezia furfur infection is necessary for seborrhoeic dermatitis to occur.[119] Finger pebbles, a papular thickening over the fingers, occurs in both diabetes and obesity.[120]


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