Name = Erythrasma
ICD10 = ICD10|L|08|1|l|00
ICD9 = ICD9|039.0
MedlinePlus = 001470
eMedicineSubj = derm
eMedicineTopic = 140
DiseasesDB = 29630
MeshID = D004894
Erythrasma is a
skindisease that can result in pink patches, which can turn into brown scales. It is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium minutissimum.
It is most commonly found in folds of skin (e.g. armpit, groin, under breast).
Wood's lampis useful in diagnosing erythrasma. The ultravioletlight of a Wood's lamp causes the organism to fluoresce a coral red color, differentiating it from fungal infections and other skin conditions.
It can be treated with
erythromycin, fucidin cream or ointment, or with antibacterial soap. Some studies have shown resolution with the use of Zithromax( azithromycin).
* [http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic140.htm eMedicine]
* [http://www.fpnotebook.com/DER/Bacteria/Erythrsm.htm Family Practice Notebook]
* [http://tray.dermatology.uiowa.edu/Ethras-01.htm Photo] at
University of Iowa
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