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Follicular eruption as a cutaneous manifestation in COVID-19
  1. Retno Danarti1,
  2. Aries Budiarso2,
  3. Dionisia Lintang Unggul Rini1 and
  4. Hardyanto Soebono1
  1. 1Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  2. 2Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Setjonegoro District Hospital, Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Retno Danarti; danarti{at}


A 50-year-old man presented to our dermatology clinic with itchy skin rash. The rash began 5 days after systemic symptoms appeared such as mild fever and mild dyspnoea. The rashes were a characteristic of follicular eruption, which started on his stomach and spread all over his body. After a thorough evaluation, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was started on COVID-19 regimens. Skin lesions disappeared on the ninth day of treatment. Our findings contribute to the growing awareness of dermatological manifestations in patients with COVID-19.

  • dermatology
  • infections
  • skin

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  • Contributors Follicular eruption as a cutaneous manifestation in COVID-19. All persons who meet authorship criteria are listed as authors, and all authors certify that they have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content, including participation in the concept, design, analysis, writing or revision of the manuscript. Furthermore, each author certifies that this material or similar material has not been and will not be submitted to or published in any other publication before its appearance in the BMJ Case Reports. Authorship contributions: Category I. Conception and design of study: RD, HS; acquisition of data: RD, AB; analysis and/or interpretation of data: RD, AB, DLUR. Category II. Drafting the manuscript: RD, DLUR; revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content: RD, HS, AB, DLUR. Category III. Approval of the version of the manuscript to be published: RD, AB, HLUR, HS.

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