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March 1984

Trichomycosis of the Scrotal Hair

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2927 Lawrence Ave E Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1P 2T5

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(3):299-300. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650390021004

To the Editor.—  Trichomycosis is a bacterial infection of the hair shaft that commonly involves the axillary hair and, more uncommonly, the pubic hair. I treated a young man who had trichomycosis of the axillary, pubic, and scrotal hair. To my knowledge, this condition has never been reported to involve the scrotal hair.

Report of a Case.—  A 21-year-old man consulted his family physician because of growths on the axillary and pubic hairs. The patient was referred to me. Physical examination showed typical trichomycosis of the axillary hair (Figs 1 and 2). More unusual was the involvement of the pubic and scrotal hair (Fig 3).Therapy with topical 1% clindamycin hydrochloride lotion in a hydro-alcoholic base was started. The patient was instructed to apply the lotion twice a day. When he returned after two weeks, the hair was normal.

Comment.—  Trichomycosis is a misnomer, since the infecting organism is a

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