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Dermoscopy of pityrosporum folliculitis

Published:September 19, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2018.08.057
      To the Editor: We read with great interest the article by Prindaville et al
      • Prindaville B.
      • Belazarian L.
      • Levin N.A.
      • Wiss K.
      Pityrosporum folliculitis: a retrospective review of 110 cases.
      describing a retrospective analysis of Pityrosporum folliculitis. Dermatoses caused by Malassezia yeast are common but probably underreported in tropical countries.
      • Thayikkannu A.B.
      • Kindo A.J.
      • Veeraraghavan M.
      Malassezia—can it be ignored?.
      • Jacinto-Jamora S.
      • Tamesis J.
      • Katigbak M.L.
      Pityrosporum folliculitis in the Philippines: diagnosis, prevalence, and management.
      In cases of Pityrosporum folliculitis, the diagnosis is usually confused with acne vulgaris. Both can present simultaneously, and therefore it is of the utmost importance to identify the coinfection of Malassezia for complete cure. Dermoscopy, as a noninvasive auxiliary tool, can be useful to identify and diagnose the presence of Pityrosporum folliculitis.
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