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January 1984

Single-Site Infection With Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Herpes Simplex Virus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(1):122. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650370128027

The coexistence of bacterial infection with various fungal infections is well known. Viral infections of the skin also are often complicated by bacterial infection, especially those arising from various streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus. We treated a patient with a skin lesion simultaneously infected by dermatophytes and the herpes simplex virus.

Report of a Case  A 34-year-old woman with no history of herpes simplex infection or other skin disease was referred to us for an intensely itchy skin lesion of five days' duration. It had begun as a small red spot on the outer aspect of the left arm. The lesion had enlarged, and an eruption of scattered blisters was noted after two days. There had been no fever, but the lesion had been intermittently painful, as well as itchy, and the patient complained of slight malaise. Physical examination showed a well-demarcated circular lesion, about 3 cm in diameter, on the