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April 1974

Viral Sycosis

Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(4):578. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630040082038

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To the Editor.—  A patient had molluscum contagiosum occurring over the face in an unusual way.

Report of a Case  A 30-year-old police constable with sycosis barbae (coccal) of three months' duration was first seen in January 1973. He was treated with antibiotics elsewhere and was also given a short course of treatment with orally administered steroids. There was no improvement, and lesions were progressive. A close inspection showed about 50 to 60 lesions of small molluscum contagiosum on the face, occurring in the hair follicles as well as outside them. The diagnosis was confirmed by removing molluscum bodies from one or two lesions with a sterile needle. The base was then touched with denatured alcohol. About ten lesions at a time were removed in a similar manner. All of the growth was removed within a month's time. No recurrences were noted as of July 1973.

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