Alcohol skin changes F10.1

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Definition
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Alcohol-induced skin changes are caused either by direct (alcohol-toxic) or indirect effects of chronic alcohol abuse on the skin.

Direct changes to the skin are alcohol-toxic or toxic changes due to its breakdown product aectaldehyde (reaction is catalyzed by alcohol dehydrogenase ) with effects on the epidermis, sebaceous glands, sweat glands and skin vessels.

Indirect changes are pathological secondary skin phenomena which are caused by alcohol-induced changes in other organs (see e.g. alcoholic fatty liver diseases AFDL).

Classification
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Literature
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  1. Fuchs J (1999) Alcoholism, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, and the skin. Clin Dermatol 17: 457-461
  2. Smith KE, Fenske NA (2000) Cutaneous manifestations of alcohol abuse. J Am Acad Dermatol 43: 1-16
  3. Vogl A et al (2005) Skin and alcohol. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 3: 788-790

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020