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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 201
Neonatal tinea corporis

Department of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology, R.N.T. Medical College, Udaipur - 313 001, Rajasthan, India

Date of Web Publication22-Apr-2010

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Ashok Kumar Khare
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.62741

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Khare AK, Gupta LK, Mittal A, Kuldeep C M, Goyal A. Neonatal tinea corporis. Indian J Dermatol 2010;55:201

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Fungal infection of skin in the full-term new born is uncommon except for candidal vesicopustular diaper rash and thrush. [1] We report a 20-day-old full-term neonate presenting with 10 day history of multiple, scaly, erythematous, annular plaques with raised margins typical Of tinea corporis over trunk [Figure 1] and extremities. None of the family members showed any evidence of dermatophytosis. There was no history of keeping pets in the family. KOH examination showed numerous septate branching hyphae typical of dermatophytes. Culture on Sabouraud's dextrose agar media grew Trichophyton rubrum. The baby was treated with 1% topical clotrimazole cream with complete resolution of lesions in 2 weeks.

The cases of neonatal tinea are rarely encountered in dermatology clinics. This could possibly be due to high sebum secretion rates in neonates. [2] Sebum has been shown to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. [2]

Although neonatal tinea is rare, cases [3],[4],[5] have been reported occasionally. The appearance of lesions at the age of 10 days in our case was interesting. The incubation period of tinea infection varies from 1 to 3 weeks. However, a shorter incubation period has also been shown experimentally. [6] The source of infection could not be traced in this case. Asymptomatic family member or unidentified contact as a carrier of trichophyton rubrum cannot entirely be ruled out. Such a carrier state has been reported. [7]

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2.Atherton DJ. The Neonate. 5 th ed. Textbook of Dermatology. In: Champion RH, Burton J, Ebling FJ, editors. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications; 1992. p. 383-4.   Back to cited text no. 2      
3.Dhar S, Jain S. Tinea facei in a newborn. Indian J Dermatol 1996;41:77.  Back to cited text no. 3    Medknow Journal  
4.Khare AK, Jain SK, Gupta LK. Tinea corporis in a 2 day old infant. Indian J Dermatol 2001;46:125-6.  Back to cited text no. 4    Medknow Journal  
5.Singhi MK, Gupta LK, Ghiya BC, Dhabhai R. Ringworm of the scalp in a 5 day old neonate. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2004;70:116-7.  Back to cited text no. 5  [PUBMED]  Medknow Journal  
6.Singh G. Experimental Trichophyton infection of intact human skin. Br J Dermatol 1973;89:595-9.  Back to cited text no. 6      
7.Sharma V, Hall JC, Knapp JF, Sarai S, Galloway D, Babel DE. Scalp colonization by Trichophyton tonsurans in an urban pediatric clinic. A symptomatic carrier state. Arch Dermatol 1988;124:1511-3.  Back to cited text no. 7      


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