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Generalized rash and pruritus in a 58-year-old woman

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Although allergists often evaluate rashes associated with allergic, IgE mediated etiologies, it is important to consider a wide range of differential diagnoses that includes inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune etiologies. The case of a 58-year-old woman with a 1-year history of progressive pruritic rash that did not improve with topical creams and steroids is presented. The patient did not state any other symptoms, and a physical examination was notable for a widespread rash. After a detailed evaluation of the rash, a differential diagnosis was made, and results of a skin biopsy confirmed a specific diagnosis. Even in the context of a medical history of atopy, one must consider nonallergic causes of rash, including abnormal presentations of systemic conditions. It is important to determine the specific etiology of the rash because this will dictate treatment and prognosis and/or complications of the disease associated with the skin manifestations.
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Keywords: Generalized rash; autoimmunity; dermatomyositis; idiopathic inflammatory myopathy; interface dermatitis; pruritus

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From the Section of Allergy and Immunology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania 2: Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania 3: Department of Dermatology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania 4: Department of Dermatology and Pathology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Publication date: November 1, 2018

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