Erythrasma is a bacterial infection caused by Corynebacterium minutissimum (Gram positive bacteria). Unlike Erythema Nodosum, this is a long term infection in which the area of the skin which remains folded gets infected fast. The part of the skin which overlaps gets this type of bacterial infection and is more prominent in areas like groin, armpits and other skin folds.
People who live in warm climatic zones are easily infected by Erythrasma. Doctors are of opinion that people who are obese have more chance to get this infection than others. Diabetic people may likely to develop Erythrasma infection caused by bacteria.
Erythrasma can occur to anyone who is not maintaining good hygiene. Still the infection is more common in people who live in warm climate. Some of the predisposing factors that cause Erythrasma are obesity, diabetes, poor hygiene and age. People who have low immunity and people who are diabetic have added chance to get this infection. Similarly, if you are hyperhidrosis (have excess of sweating) you are likely to get this infection.
Formation of red colored patches on the skin folds is the major symptom of this disease. The folded area of the skin may turn into reddish brown layer forming thick scaly patches. Again the infection is common in moist areas of the skin since bacteria can easily invade the skin layers that are wet. The scaly patches of this infection will be purple initially and as the disease progresses, it turns into dark red or brown colored patches having sharp edges.
Your doctor can easily identify the bacterial infection on physical examination of the skin. Sometimes he may ask you to do scraping culture test for confirming the infection. Wood’s lamp investigation is done for diagnosing the illness. UV rays of the lamp when passed on to the infected skin layer, makes it coral red and thus your doctor can easily diagnose the infection of the affected skin layer.
Taking antibiotic medications like erythromycin can cure the bacterial infection. Topical ointments that contain fusidic acid and imidazole are prescribed for controlling infection. Antibacterial drugs and anti-infective medications are given for the patient depending on the intensity of infection and his health condition. Erythromycin, Clarithromycin and Miconazole are prescribed for controlling infection and inflammation.
Some complications may arise for patients with low immunity and those who have surgical wounds when they are infected with Erythrasma.
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Erythrasma can easily be prevented by keeping the skin moist-free. You should take bath 2 times a day and stay hygienic. Keep the skin dry by applying medicated powder to prevent bacterial infection. Wear cotton clothes that absorb moisture and do not go out in hot sun. Avoid the situations where there is excess of heat. Control your weight by sticking on to diet and exercise. Never wear fittings that are very tight and not good enough to absorb moisture when you sweat.