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Minerva Pediatrica 2001 February;53(1):29-32

language: Italian

Tinea faciei in a newborn

Angelo C., De Leo C., Conti G., Palermi G., Paradisi M.


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Dermatophytosis in newborns and infants has been regarded as very unusual; a case recently observed of a 2-month-old child affected by tinea faciei is described. Twenty days before, localized erythematous infiltrated patches at the upper left eyelid and eyebrows with papules and pustules, were observed. Rarefaction of the eyebrows and partially loss of the eyelashes associated with scattered areas of erythematopapulous lesions on the face, were seen. Mycological examination was positive and trichophyton rubrum colonies grew. Tinea capitis is more common than tinea faciei in newborn and infants. Differential diagnosis includes: seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis with associated impetigo, candidiasis, bacterial folliculitis. The interhuman transmission by relatives is the most probable modality of trans-mission, as previously reported in the literature. A widespread of the dermatoses was due to previous application of topical corticosteroids. The lesions resolved completely after treatment with miconazole cream, applied twice daily for three weeeks.

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