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Skin changes suggestive of chemical dependency

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Skin changes suggestive of chemical dependency, Dermatologic findings in chemical dependency

  • Findings
  1. "Pop" Scars from Subcutaneous Injections
  2. Compulsive Skin Picking (esp. Cocaine, Methamphetamine)
  3. Abscesses, Infections, or Ulcerations
    1. Infective or chemical reactions
  4. Dominant thumb is burned in crack abuse (lighter)
  5. Paint or oil stains (Inhalant Abuse)
    1. Clothing
    2. Skin
    3. Fingernails
  6. Skin tracks or related scars
    1. Marks are multiple, hyperpigmented and linear
    2. New lesions may be inflamed
    3. Location
      1. Neck
      2. Axilla
      3. Forearm
      4. Wrist
      5. Hand
      6. Foot
      7. Ankle
      8. Area between knees