What caused this pruritic eruption on a woman’s arms, thighs, and buttocks?

September 9, 2009

This pruritic eruption appeared on the arms, thighs, and buttocks of a 28-year-old woman after the uneventful delivery of her second child.

Case 3:
This pruritic eruption appeared on the arms, thighs, and buttocks of a 28-year-old woman after the uneventful delivery of her second child.


What is your clinical impression?

A. Keratosis pilaris.
B. Staphylococcal folliculitis.
C.Pityrosporum folliculitis.
D.Candida folliculitis.
E. Scabies.
F. Follicular eczema.

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Keratosis pilaris, A, can be exacerbated following pregnancy.1 Pruritus is not a common feature but has been reported.

A staphylococcal infection would be painful, and the distribution on the arms, legs, and buttocks is not typical of a fungal folliculitis. Scabies is a possibility, but one would expect lesions on the trunk, hands, finger webs, and wrists. Follicular eczema is also possible, although this rash usually is preceded by itching; in patients with keratosis pilaris, the papules precede the itching.

References:

1. Jackson JB, Touma SC, Norton AB. Keratosis pilaris in pregnancy: an unrecognized dermatosis of pregnancy? W V Med J. 2004;100:26-28.