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Kerion of the pubis and vulva with bacterial superinfection: a rare occurrence
  1. Adi Saadia1,
  2. Jensen Reckhow2,
  3. Mati Rozenblat1 and
  4. Omer Last1
  1. 1 Dermatology and Venereology, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel
  2. 2 Medical School for International Health, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Jensen Reckhow, reckhow{at}


Kerion is a severe hypersensitivity reaction to fungal infection that is rarely seen in the groin. Frequent shaving of pubic hair and religious conservatism surrounding genital hygiene are common among Bedouin women in the Negev Desert, and may predispose to kerion. This case highlights the clinical course of a 20-year-old Bedouin woman who presented with severe kerion celsi of the pubis and vulva with secondary bacterial infection. The patient was successfully treated with intravenous antibiotics, oral antifungal medication and wet topical dressings. The case outlines the risk factors and treatment for severe kerion celsi of the groin, as well as possible preventive measures that may reduce its incidence.

  • dermatology
  • global health
  • healthcare improvement and patient safety
  • vulvovaginal disorders

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  • Contributors JR takes responsibility for planning, conducting and reporting the work. AS and OL managed the patient. OL, JR and MR completed all relevant analyses and prepared the manuscript for submission. AS, JR, MR and OL agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work presented in this manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.