Erythrasma Questions & Answers

Updated: Jun 11, 2020
  • Author: Abdul-Ghani Kibbi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is erythrasma?

What is the pathophysiology of erythrasma?

What is the causative agent of erythrasma?

What are the predisposing factors for erythrasma?

What is the prevalence of erythrasma?

What are the racial predilections of erythrasma?

How does the prevalence of erythrasma vary by sex?

How does the incidence of erythrasma vary by age?

What is the prognosis of erythrasma?

What is the prognosis of erythrasma in predisposed and immunocompromised individuals?

What should patients be told about erythrasma?

Presentation

Which patient history is characteristic of erythrasma?

What is the typical appearance of erythrasma?

Which areas should be included in the physical exam of erythrasma?

What are the possible complications of erythrasma?

DDX

Which conditions may coexist with erythrasma?

What is the role of KOH exam in the evaluation of erythrasma?

What are the differential diagnoses for Erythrasma?

Workup

Which findings on Wood Light exam indicate erythrasma?

What is the role of culture and staining in the workup of erythrasma?

How accurate are Wood lamp and gram staining for the identification of erythrasma?

Which histologic findings are characteristics of erythrasma?

Treatment

What are the treatment options for erythrasma?

What is the role of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of erythrasma?

Medications

What are the goals of drug treatment for erythrasma?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Erythrasma?

Which medications in the drug class are used in the treatment of Erythrasma?

Which medications in the drug class Antifungals are used in the treatment of Erythrasma?