II. Risk Factors

  1. Similar to risks associated with Intertrigo

III. Symptoms

  1. Usually asymptomatic
  2. May be pruritic in some cases

IV. Signs

  1. Small red-brown Macules (may form larger patches)
  2. Distribution in intertriginous areas
    1. Interdigital web spaces
    2. Gluteal crease
    3. Inguinal area
    4. Axilla
    5. Inframammary

V. Diagnosis

  1. Wood's Lamp: Fluoresces coral red
  2. Gram Stain: Gram Positive rod with long filaments

VI. Differential Diagnosis

VII. Managment

  1. Antibiotics
    1. Erythromycin 250 mg orally qid for 5 days
    2. Clarithromycin 1 gram orally for 1 dose
  2. Topical Antifungal agents with activity in Erythrasma
    1. Miconazole
    2. Clotrimazole
    3. Econazole
  3. Treat coexisting fungal infection (see Intertrigo)
  4. Adjunctive topical agents
    1. Cleocin-T or Erythromycin gel
    2. Whitfield's Ointment
    3. Sodium fusidate ointment
    4. Antibacterial soap
    5. Chlorhexidine (Hibiclens)

VIII. Prevention

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Definition (NCI_CDISC) Any bacterial organism that can be assigned to the species Corynebacterium minutissimum.
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Ontology: Erythrasma (C0014752)

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French Érythrasma, Erythrasma
Japanese 紅色陰癬, コウショクインセン
Swedish Erytrasma
Czech erytrazma, Erytrazma
Finnish Erytrasma
Korean 홍색음선
Polish Łupież rumieniowy
Hungarian erythrasma
Norwegian Erythrasma
Spanish eritrasma (concepto no activo), eritrasma (trastorno), eritrasma, Eritrasma
Dutch erythrasma, Erythrasma
German Erythrasma
Italian Eritrasma
Portuguese Eritrasma