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Common Child and Adolescent Cutaneous Infestations and Fungal Infections

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:Alter, SJ, McDonald, MB, Schloemer, J, Simon, R, Trevino, J
Journal:Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
Pagination:3 - 25
Date Published:Jan-01-2018

Cutaneous infections and infestations are common among children and adolescents. Ectoparasitic infestations affect individuals across the globe. Head lice, body lice, scabies, and infestations with bed bugs are seen in individuals who reside in both resource poor areas and in developed countries. Superficial cutaneous and mucosal candida infec- tions occur throughout the life cycle. Dermatophyte infections of keratin-containing skin and skin structures result in tinea capitis (scalp), tinea corporis (body), tinea pedis (foot), and tinea unguium (nails). Less frequent endemic fungal infections such as blastomycosis, coccidiodomycosis, and histoplasmo- sis may present with skin findings. This article will describe the epidemiology and transmission of these conditions as well as their clinical manifestations. The approach to diagnosis will be addressed as well as primary prevention and current therapies.

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