Krivda, S.J. et al. Cutaneous Findings in Gulf War
Veterans. Arch Dermatol 1996; 132: 846-847.
Authors note that rash is a common complaint among veterans
who have participated in the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program
(CCEP). Studied were 111 patients with dermatologic complaints between
June 1994 and June 1995. One hundred and ninety-four skin diagnoses were
made in the 111 patients. Sixty-two different disorders were found. Most
common were tinea pedis, seborrheic dermatitis, acne, folliculitis, and
xerosis/asteatotic dermatitis. There were 14 instances in which patients
described episodic or previous skin eruptions which could not be observed.
Authors comment that all problems were diagnosable and not unusual. They
did not observe any patterns suggesting a common cause, and recognized
no conditions which might be caused by uncommon infectious agents or toxic
exposures (e.g., chemical warfare agents, petroleum products, or heavy