It is an infection of the skin caused by Corynebacterium minutissimum. Risk factors for developing erythrasma include: obesity, diabetes, warm climate, delicate cutaneous barrier (in case of bleaching), excessive sweating, and poor hygiene.
It commonly affects the toe-clefts, armpit, areas where the thighs are in close contact with the scrotum, areas below the breast.
Erythrasma is classified into 3 types according to location.
- Interdigital erythrasma: between 3rd, 4th and 5th toe web spaces
2. Intertriginous erythrasma: in armpits, groin, under the breasts and umbilicus
3. Generalised/disciform erythrasma: on the trunk
The disease must be differentiated from ring worm. Examination under Wood’s light often shows a characteristics orange-red fluorescence.
A two-week course of erythromycin or tetracycline is curative. Though, recurrence may occur.
Use of antibacterial soap may also be helpful and topical erythromycin preparations may also be used.
The use of Miconazole is also recommended.
- A compendium of clinical Medicine by A.O. Falase and O.O. Akinkugbe.
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