Dermatosis neglecta: a series of case reports and review of other dirty-appearing dermatoses.

Title

Dermatosis neglecta: a series of case reports and review of other dirty-appearing dermatoses.

Creator

Lucas Jennifer L; Brodell Robert T; Feldman Steven R

Publisher

Dermatology online journal

Date

2006
2006-12

Description

Localized scaling and hyperpigmentation is a common finding and often a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Dermatosis neglecta (DN) represents a failure to adequately clean or scrub the skin, often in an area of hyperesthesia or prior trauma. We identified five cases of DN in two clinical practices in just the past few years. The condition is characterized by scrupulous avoidance of scrubbing, leading to a buildup of hyperpigmented, adherent, cornflake-like scales. An alcohol swabbing provided diagnosis and prompt clearing. Washing with soap and a washcloth also often leads to clearing. Dermatosis neglecta should be considered in the differential diagnosis of hyperpigmented scale; alcohol swabbing can serve as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool.

Subject

Adult; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Aged; Skin Care/*methods; Skin Diseases/*etiology/*therapy; 80 and over

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

5–5

Issue

7

Volume

12

Citation

Lucas Jennifer L; Brodell Robert T; Feldman Steven R, “Dermatosis neglecta: a series of case reports and review of other dirty-appearing dermatoses.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 27, 2022, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5522.

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