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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-104

Dermoscope as a diagnostic tool in pseudofolliculitis corporis: a dermatologist’s viewpoint


1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Government Medical College, Amritsar, Punjab, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Chetna Singla
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Vallah, Amritsar, Punjab
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ejdv.ejdv_6_19

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Pseudofolliculitis is an inflammatory condition of the hair follicle that mainly affects the beard area, but it can occur in any area of hair-bearing skin when hair removal methods like shaving or plucking are used. It occurs when the shaved hair curls inwards and repenetrates the skin surface inducing inflammatory changes. Sometimes, it is a simple cosmetic problem, but at other times it can present with intense itching or pain and can become quite debilitating for the patient. Here, we report a case of pseudofolliculitis corporis presenting to us with intractable itching. The patient used to rub his back against the wall and used combs and other things for itching. The diagnosis of pseudofolliculitis corporis was suspected clinically and confirmed by dermoscopy, which is a simple office procedure. Patient was advised not to rub his back against wall and was given emollients and topical adapalene gel and advised follow-up after 15 days.


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