Crusted scabies due to indiscriminate use of glucocorticoid therapy in infant

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Crusted or Norwegian scabies is a parasitic infectious disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis that mainly affects immunocompromised individuals and those with neurological patients. We report a case of crusted scabies in a 4-month-old infant who had been treated erroneously for atopic dermatitis with high doses of corticosteroids. This initial misdiagnosis associated with the abusive use of corticosteroid facilitated the evolution of scabies to crusted scabies and its main complications of secondary infection and sepsis.

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Lima, F. C. da R., Guimarães, M. B. S., Craide, F. H., Cerqueira, A. M. M., Padilha, C. B. de S., & Bombardelli, M. (2017). Crusted scabies due to indiscriminate use of glucocorticoid therapy in infant. Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, 92(3), 383–385. https://doi.org/10.1590/abd1806-4841.20174433

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