Dermatological Pathologies in Occupational Therapy

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Knowledge of skin infections and conditions will be very important in the field of occupational therapy. Especially with those infections that are extremely contagious; such as Impetigo, Lice and Scabies. As an occupational therapist, I will have to make sure that I question my patients about these infections and conditions. I was not aware that massage therapy is contraindicated for those with acne, because it can cause inflammation and discomfort. This is something I should also be aware of as an occupational therapist, as I will be coming into contact with my patients’ skin. It is also important to know that when patients have certain infections such as jock itch, it is okay to continue with therapy as long as the infected area is avoided (which in the case of jock itch, the area would always be avoided).

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