Skin diseases ranked fourth most common illness

The study found that 64.5% of participants had at least one skin abnormality

Scientists have found skin diseases are one of the most common illnesses, according to a new study.

Data collected from 2,701 individuals at Munich Oktoberfest, Germany, showed 64.5% had at least one skin abnormality.

The most common diagnoses were actinic keratosis (26.6%), rosacea (25.5%) and eczema (11.7%).

The results also found skin diseases were more frequent in men than women, by more than 14%, and two-thirds of participants were unaware of their skin abnormality.

Senior author Alexander Zink from the Technical University of Munich said: “Skin diseases might be even more prevalent than previously thought.

“Considering their significant impact on individuals and their family and social lives as well as their heavy economic burden caused by inadequate self or non-physician treatment, the public health importance of skin diseases is underappreciated.”

He continued: “Information and awareness campaigns are needed to better address this neglected issue and to reduce the global burden of skin diseases.”