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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-31

Recurrence of herpes zoster infection in the setting of topical immunosuppression for erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp


1 Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
2 Department of Dermatology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Farah Moustafa
Department of Dermatology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 593 Eddy Street, APC 10, Providence 02903, RI
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijt.ijt_53_19

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We present a unique patient with erosive pustular dermatosis of the scalp (EPDS) with several unique features: (1) a rare case of EPDS occurring after herpes zoster (HZ) infection and (2) the first reported case of recurrence of HZ induced by topical immunosuppressive therapy (clobetasol 0.05% cream and tacrolimus 0.01% cream) in a patient with underlying EPDS. Based on our patient, we recommend to exercise caution with the prolonged use of potent topical steroids in areas previously affected by herpes zoster.


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