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glossary:erythrasma [2008/05/15 03:02]
Pat O'Connor
glossary:erythrasma [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +====== Erythrasma ======
 +A chronic superficial slowly spreading [[skin]] [[infection]],​ especially in the folds of the body and webs between the toes, caused by a bacterium called Corynebacterium minutissimum. Erythrasma most often affects adults, especially those with [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_and_diabetes.htm|diabetes]],​ and people in the tropics.
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 +Erythrasma looks like a chronic fungal infection. Scaling, cracks, and slight maceration (softening) typically occur in the toe webs, almost always the 3rd and 4th interspaces. Where the thighs contact the scrotum, sharp-edged patches first appear irregular and pink and later become brown with a fine scale. Erythrasma may also involve the armpits, creases below the breasts, abdominal folds, and perineum, particularly in obese middle-aged women or in patients with diabetes mellitus. Erythrasma can be distinguished from ringworm with a Wood's light (a type of UV light) which causes erythrasma characteristically to fluoresce a coral-red color.
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 +The treatment for erythrasma is an [[antibiotic]] (such as [[erythromycin]] or tetracycline). Antibacterial soaps can also help control the [[infection]]. However, recurrence 6 to 12 months later is commonplace.
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 +===== Lymphedema People Bacterial Infections Links =====
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 +[[:​Infections Associated with Lymphedema]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_cellulitis.htm|Cellulitis]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_erysipelas.htm|Erysipelas]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_and_necrotizing_fasciitis.htm|Necrotizing Fasciitis]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_carbuncles.html|Carbuncles,​ Furuncles, Boils]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_lymphadenitis.htm|Lymphadenitis]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_antibiotics.htm|Antibiotics]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_lymphadenopathy.htm
 +|Lymphadenopathy]]
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 +[[:​Preventing Hospital Infections]]
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 +[[:​Infectious Disease Doctor]]
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 +[[:​Impetigo]]
  
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