What is the prognosis of pitted keratolysis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Linda J Fromm, MD, MA, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Pitted keratolysis is cured easily and has an excellent prognosis. No mortality is associated with pitted keratolysis. However, the excessive foot odor from this disorder may be socially unacceptable. Pitted keratolysis may be symptomatic; producing secondary painful feet, which can limit function. [25, 26] In 2005 in Turkey (East region), a study of dermatologic manifestations in 88 hepatitis B surface antigen carriers compared with 84 controls demonstrated a significantly higher prevalence of oral lichen planus and pitted keratolysis. [27] The mechanism is unknown and further studies are needed to confirm this association.

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