Which patient history is characteristic of erythrasma?

Updated: Jun 11, 2020
  • Author: Abdul-Ghani Kibbi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Dark discoloration associated with erythrasma is usually limited to body folds that are naturally moist and occluded. Infection commonly is asymptomatic, but it can be pruritic. The duration of erythrasma ranges from months to years. Widespread involvement of trunk and limbs is possible.

Immunosuppressed patients with erythrasma and the risk of complications are of special concern. Evaluate and treat possible concomitant infection. Suspect diabetes in recurrent erythrasma. Address and modify risk factors for successful treatment.

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