Specific dermoscopic patterns have been described for several infectious skin diseases, including those of viral, fungal and parasitic origin.
Of note, use of the new-generations dermatoscopes that do not require direct contact to the skin minimizes the risk of transfection. Interestingly, while the risk of bacterial contamination with dermoscopic examination is reported to be low, viral transmission might still represent a possible problem.
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