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Skin conditions: how to identify rashes and diseases on darker skin types

Black and brown skin tones have long been neglected in medical literature, but that’s changing

Black and brown skin tones have long been neglected in medical literature – find out how that’s changing. Plus, advice on how to ensure your nursing assessments are racially inclusive

What’s the current situation?

Diagnosis of many skin conditions relies heavily on recognising characteristic visual features, which can differ depending on skin tone.

But until recently, most medical textbooks and online resources have only depicted presentation on light skin.

Royal London Hospital advanced clinical practitioner in children’s emergency department Becky Platt says: ‘There are lots of excellent websites that have loads of information about different skin conditions, but if you searched “childhood eczema” online, pretty much all of the images you’d find would be on white skin.

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