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Erythrasma



Erythrasma
Classification & external resources
ICD-10 L08.1
ICD-9 039.0
DiseasesDB 29630
MedlinePlus 001470
eMedicine derm/140 
MeSH D004894

Erythrasma is a skin disease that can result in pink patches, which can turn into brown scales. It is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium minutissimum.

Additional recommended knowledge

It is most commonly found in folds of skin.

Diagnosis

Wood's lamp is useful in diagnosing erythrasma. Use of a Wood's lamp causes the organism to fluoresce a coral red color, differentiating it from fungal infections and other skin conditions.

Treatment

It can be treated with erythromycin, or with antibacterial soap. Some studies have shown resolution with the use of Zithromax (azithromycin).

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