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Healthcare Associated Infections

Common Skin Conditions Explained

Common Skin Conditions booklet aims to assist healthcare staff in managing most of the common dermatological conditions they are likely to encounter in their clinical practice.

This resource is part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.


This booklet can be used by any clinician who wishes to develop their knowledge of common skin conditions. It has been specifically written for nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, physicians or any other clinicians who undertake structured histories using advanced decision-making skills. It will aid in diagnosis - recognising differential diagnosis, formulating prescriptions and assisting in identifying referral pathways if necessary. 

You can download the booklet for local education use from the link below: 

Dermatology Pocket Guide: Common Skin Conditions Explained 

The resouces are available free of charge to all health and social care staff working in Scotland. If you would like receive a hard copy please contact


Other related useful resources

Hands suffering from dermatitis are proven to carry large numbers of bacteria which can, in turn, increase the risk of HAI in patients.  NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has developed the a pocket guide and train the trainer presentation for healthcare staff and those working in social care settings.   More information available at the hand dermatitis web page.



First published 2011, reviewed 2015, last updated December 2018.