Alcohol skin changes F10.1

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 13.10.2022

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

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

Indirect changes are pathological secondary symptoms of the skin, which result from alcohol-related changes of other organs (see e.g. alcoholic fatty liver disease AFDL; e.g. toxic cardiomyopathy).

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Last updated on: 13.10.2022