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CASE REPORT
Eruptive furunculosis following the soak and smear regimen
  1. Kathryn Martires1,
  2. Kumar Sukhdeo2,
  3. Eric Meinhardt3
  1. 1Ronald O Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  3. 3Department of Dermatology, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kumar Sukhdeo, sukhdeo{at}gmail.com

Summary

The ‘soak and smear’ regimen is a highly effective method for localised topical therapy employed by dermatologists for widespread inflammatory skin conditions. The regimen involves application of topical medication under occlusion after soaking in water. Complications from this treatment method are rare. We present a case of multiple, generalised methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-positive furuncles arising in a patient as an unexpected consequence of therapy. The case highlights an unanticipated risk of a commonly employed treatment amid an epidemic of MRSA in the community.

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