Infectious eczematoid dermatitis: A comprehensive review

T. Yamany, R. A. Schwartz

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Infectious eczematoid dermatitis (IED) is characterized by an acute eczematous eruption triggered by purulent discharge from a primary infected site. Alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and occupations with higher incidences of contact dermatitis portend increased risk for IED. Staphylococcus aureus is the most commonly cultured microbe from affected skin, with Streptococcus species the second most. Patients are first evident with peripherally spreading vesicles and pustules radiating from an infected site. Older areas of involvement become crusty, scaly and erythematous. Diagnosis is clinical. Other eczematous rashes, including autoeczemitization and contact dermatitis, should be on the differential diagnosis list. The treatment centres on topical antibiotics and soaks. Prognosis has improved since the advent of antibiotics. However, cases with multiple relapses and poor response to therapy are still observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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