Figurate eczema of the forearm in a hairdresser

Authors

  • D. Agosta Dermatology Clinic Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health University of Cagliari Italy
  • C. Ferreli Dermatology Clinic Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health University of Cagliari Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8223-6791
  • J. Anedda Dermatology Clinic Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health University of Cagliari Italy
  • S. Mertoli Dermatology Clinic Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health University of Cagliari Italy
  • L. Atzori Dermatology Clinic Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health University of Cagliari Italy

Keywords:

tinea incognito, hairdressers skin diseases, contact dermatitis, COVID-19 pandemic

Abstract

Hairdressers are among high risk professions for occupational skin diseases development, and major attention is usually dedicated to contact allergy. However, infections are behind the corner, and should not be undervalued. We present an emblematic case of tinea incognita, for the iconography, typical history of misdiagnosis, mimicking contact eczema and incongruous treatment with corticosteroids. Actual COVID-19 pandemic restrictive measures caused an additional diagnostic delay, blocking the access to outpatient dermatology service. However, the diagnosis is very simple, when direct microscopic examination is available or grace to selective culture medium disposal. The latter do not require incubation, the dermatophytes growing at room temperature in few days, inducing the change in the medium color. Further identification of the dermatophyte species requires a more experienced mycology laboratory, but it is not essential for the treatment choice.

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Author Biography

C. Ferreli, Dermatology Clinic Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health University of Cagliari Italy

Prof. Ferreli Caterina

Dermatology Clinic, Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health,

University of Cagliari

Via Ospedale 54,

09124 Cagliari, Italy

Tel.: +393408918912

Fax: +3907051092303

E-mail: ferreli@unica.it

Published

2022-06-01

How to Cite

[1]
Agosta, D., Ferreli, C., Anedda, J., Mertoli , S. and Atzori, L. 2022. Figurate eczema of the forearm in a hairdresser. Journal of Applied Cosmetology. 40, 1 (Jun. 2022), 28/34.