Scalp pustules – 9 cases

Acneiform eruptions, i.e., follicular papules and pustules, may also arise in the scalp.

For each of the nine cases, study the image(s) and then answer the questions. You can click on the image to view a larger version if required.

Each case should take approximately 2 minutes to complete. There is a list of suggested further reading material at the end of the quiz.

Case 1

Impetiginised seborrhoeic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is the most common scalp complaint. The prominent feature is diffuse scaling but pustules and crusted erosions may be observed because of secondary staphylococcal infection. Treatment requires short-term oral antibiotic as well as antifungal shampoo and descaling agents.

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