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Erythrasma is a common skin condition affecting the skin folds such as under the arms, in the groin and between the toes.

Erythrasma does not usually cause any symptoms. It presents as a slowly enlarging area of pink or brown dry skin.


The cause of erythrasma is a bacterial infection. The bacteria responsible for erythrasma are Corynebacterium minutissimum. This may coexist with a dermatophyte fungi or with Candida albicans (thrush).

Erythrasma can be confused with other causes of intertrigo (rash in the skin folds).

Erythrasma can infect anyone, but is particularly prevalent in those living in a warm climate or who have diabetes.

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