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28-Year-Old Male with Pruritic Patch on Arm

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David L. Kaplan, MD

Signs and Symptoms

This 28-year-old man presented for evaluation of an enlarging pruritic patch on his arm that had developed over a 4-month period. His only medications were fluticasone and azelastine, which he takes to treat seasonal allergies. He uses only his hands, not a washcloth, to bathe, and he does not apply any topical creams or lotions. He does not have pets, and he denies any other exposure history.

What is responsible for this man’s rash?

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Tinea corporis
Drug reaction
Contact dermatitis

Answer: Eczema

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This atopic patient (based on his use of medications for seasonal allergies) had developed nummular eczema as a result of his bathing habits—long, hot showers and a lack of moisturizing—which resulted in the asteatosis seen here.

He was instructed on how to bathe and moisturize to maintain skin integrity after applying a short course of a topical corticosteroid cream.

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