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Journals On Emergency Dermatology

Dermatologic conditions account for 3.3% of emergency department (ED) visits and may contribute to high health care costs, yet the prevalence of specific skin conditions is poorly characterized.1 More than half (58.9%) of dermatologic ED visits were caused by cellulitis plus abscess in one study that was limited to California EDs.2 Knowing common dermatologic presentations to the ED may help physicians educate patients about the proper use of the ED for skin conditions and potentially guide ED physician training. The purpose of this study is to characterize the most common dermatologic diagnoses in the ED. We identified patients between 20 and 64 years of age in the United States who were seen in the ED for a dermatologic complaint between 2007 and 2015 from a study population of 4,858,109 patients with International Classification of Diseases