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A survey of skin conditions and concerns in South Asian Americans: a community-based study

TitleA survey of skin conditions and concerns in South Asian Americans: a community-based study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsShah, SK, Bhanusali, DG, Sachdev, A, Geria, AN, Alexis, AF
JournalJ Drugs DermatolJ Drugs Dermatol
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number1545-9616 (Print)<br/>1545-9616 (Linking)
Accession Number21533300
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Asia, Southeastern/ethnology, Asian Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, New York City/epidemiology, Skin Diseases/ epidemiology/ethnology/physiopathology, Young Adult
AbstractBACKGROUND: South Asians represent a rapidly growing part of the U.S. population, increasing 188 percent from 1990 to 2000 (0.27% to 0.78%). Studies investigating the epidemiology of skin disorders in South Asian Americans are lacking. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine common skin conditions and concerns among this population. METHODS: This was a community-based survey study. The IRB-approved survey tool was distributed to South Asians adults in the New York City area. All data was self-reported. RESULTS: 190 surveys were completed. 54 percent of responders were female and 46 percent were male. The age of participants ranged from 18-74 years. The respondents were predominantly foreign born (76%), but a large minority (32%) reported living in the U.S. for over 20 years. Nearly half (49%) of the study population reported having visited a dermatologist in the past. The five most common dermatologic diagnoses included: acne (37%), eczema (22%), fungal infection (11%), warts (8%) and moles (8%). The five most common concerns included: dry skin (25%), hair loss (22%), uneven tone (21%), dark spots (18%) and acne (17%). CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that the leading skin conditions and concerns in South Asian Americans are similar to those reported in other populations with skin of color.