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Erythrasma

Jarrett Keller Sell, MD FAAFP AAHIVS and Rensa Chen, D.O. Reviewed 06/2022
 


BASICS

  • Erythrasma is a common superficial bacterial infection of the skin folds caused by Corynebacterium minutissimum.

  • It is often misdiagnosed as a fungal infection. 

  • Distinct variants include general...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Normally, erythrasma is asymptomatic; however, it may present with mild pruritus.

  • Reddish/brown discolored irregular patches

  • Affects intertriginous areas, interdigital areas

  • Consider whe...

TREATMENT

ONGOING CARE

PATIENT EDUCATION

Patients should be counseled to keep affected areas clean and dry and to avoid occlusive clothing and footwear. 

PROGNOSIS

Excellent but may recur 

COMPLICATIONS

Immunocompro...

REFERENCES

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Zisova L, Valchev V, Kasabov G. Erythrasma in athletes and football players. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2021;171(1–2):24–28. English. doi: 10.1007/s10354-020-00753-2.
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Greywal T, Cohen PR. Erythr...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Chen D, Ferringer T. Red-brownpatches in the groin. Cutis. 2018;101(6);419–420.

  • Janniger  CK, Schwartz  RA, Szepietowski  JC,...

CODES

ICD10

L08.1 Erythrasma 

SNOMED

238418005 Erythrasma (disorder) 

CLINICAL PEARLS

Erythrasma is a bacterial infection of the skin folds, often misdiagnosed as a fungal infection. 

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