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I have effect of Erythrasma at here or something?

at right below penis, or joining of two legs where penis is.
I am not sure i call it Erythrasma or what, the skin where testis touchs the skin of thais that part lost-ed its upper skin layers...
what should I do to prevent this?

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I have erythrasma what should I do?

I have this brown patch of skin surrounding my thigh, scrotum area. What should I do to treat it? I know you're supposed to use clindamycin, miconazole gels but where do I get it?

Erythrasma: A chronic superficial slowly spreading skin infection, especially in the folds of the body and webs between the toes, caused by a bacterium called Corynebacterium minutissimum. Erythrasma most often affects adults, especially those with diabetes, and people in the tropics.

Erythrasma looks like a chronic fungal infection. Scaling, cracks, and slight maceration (softening) typically occur in the toe webs, almost always the 3rd and 4th interspaces. Where the thighs contact the scrotum, sharp-edged patches first appear irregular and pink and later become brown with a fine scale. Erythrasma may also involve the armpits, creases below the breasts, abdominal folds, and perineum, particularly in obese middle-aged women or in patients with diabetes mellitus. Erythrasma can be distinguished from ringworm with a Wood's light (a type of UV light) which causes erythrasma characteristically to fluoresce a coral-red color.

The treatment for erythrasma is an antibiotic (such as erythromycin or tetracycline). Antibacterial soaps can also help control the infection. However, recurrence 6 to 12 months later is commonplace.  (+ info)

what are over the counter meds to cure erythrasma?

What are effective medications(non-rx) to get rid of prolonged erythrasma? and do you know other methods to cure it?

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jock itch or Erythrasma?

hello friends. i wanted to ask if i have jock itch...ok i m a teenager and i have training 4 times a weeks for abt 4 hours each under the scorching sun...i noticed reddish patches on both sides for about last three months and they r increasing in size...they r quite big and scaly...though i don't feel extremely itch ...only moderate itch once in a while...but these patches seem to be increasing in size...they r scaly, dry and brownish red...since my groin is white they r v obvious... and i feel v worried now....plz help me...n whats the difference between jock itch,rinworm and Erythrasma....thanks mates...

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how do i treat erythrasma?

Erythrasma is defined as the infection of the top layers of the skin. It is mainly caused by the bacterium corynebacterium minutissimum.


As we known, it is caused by bacteria known as Corynebacterium minutissimum; hence it is often confused with other skin infections. The rash of erythrisma appears as a slowly enlarging are of pink or brown dry skin that has a fine scaly and wrinkled surface.

Erythrasma is commonly seen in adult people. It may also affect people suffering from diabetes. This disease is most common in the tropics. Erythrasma is usually seen in the areas where skin touches skin, such as under the breasts and in the armpits, webs of the toes, and genital area. It is seen particularly in men where the thigh touches the scrotum.


Signs and symptoms of Erythrasma generally varies on an individual basis for each patient. In case of Erythrasma, skin infection may occur between the toes. It may also occur in skin fold. Infection is commonly seen between buttocks, in groin area, under breasts, etc.

But these signs and symptoms are generally gathered from various sources and may not be fully accurate. Only the doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms of any signs or symptoms and whether they are truly Erythrasma symptoms.

The erythrasma infection can produce irregularly shaped pink patches that may later turn into fine brown scales. In some people, the infection spreads to the torso and area. Although, erythrasma may be confused with a fungal infection, but doctor can easily diagnose erythrasma because skin infected with Corynebacterium glows coral red under and ultraviolet light.

The incidence of erythrasma is higher in warm climates. It is most prevalent among individuals who are overweight or are suffering from diabetes. The typical appearance of erythrasma is a reddish-brown slightly scaly patch with sharp border.

The lesions commonly occur in moist areas and it occurs usually in humid environments. Usually this disease does not cause any symptoms. But sometimes it can feel very itchy and uncomfortable. Adults are most often affected by Erythrasma.

First of all, the person should avoid to be overweight. This helps to reduce the chances of developing Erythrasma. Moreover, once the infection has been treated, then the person should use antibacterial soap in order to prevent the recurrence of disease.

Because the chances of recurrence of Erythrasma are too much. An antibiotic given by mouth, that is an oral antibiotic is used to treat Erythrasma. The commonly used antibiotics are like erythromycin.

Tetracycline is also known to eliminate the infection effectively. Topical applications of antibiotics are also helpful in certain cases. Topical drugs which are commonly used for the treatment of Erythrasma are like clindamycin and miconazole cream. They also work efficiently.

If Erythrasma recures then it necessitates second treatment. It commonly recures in near about six to twelve months. Antibacterial soaps are of uttermost help to prevent recurrence. The commonly used soaps are like Chlorhexidine, which is known to be a very good antiseptic.  (+ info)

i need all the info i can get on erythrasma?

This should work:

http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic140.htm  (+ info)

do you need prescription to buy topical erythromycin gel?

do you guys know any medications i can buy for erythrasma without the need for perscriptions?(should be safe) or any methods to cure them..thanks!

Sometimes scrubbing with an antibacterial soap can help the patches go away.  (+ info)

i need help...skin problem...?

Jock itch or Erythrasma?
hello friends. i wanted to ask if i have jock itch...ok i m a teenager and i have training 4 times a weeks for abt 4 hours each under the scorching sun...i noticed reddish patches on both sides for about last three months and they r increasing in size...they r quite big and scaly...though i don't feel extremely itch ...only moderate itch once in a while...but these patches seem to be increasing in size...they r scaly, dry and brownish red...since my groin is white they r v obvious... and i feel v worried now....plz help me...n whats the difference between jock itch,rinworm and Erythrasma....thanks mates...

in diagnosing skin problems,its better if u attach a pic!
most skin lesions are easy to be understood seen rather from the verbal description!
from ur history ,it can be either a ringwom infestation from the unhygenic use of dress,which are no t cleaned daily,or skin hyper sensitivity to sun!
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Chronic Burning Rashes with Tinnitus. 6 months, 6 doctors later, no diagnostics, no answers, no relief.?

Hello. I'd like anyone with any input on any of this to please reply. My story is very long. I will condense it considerably.

I am a 38 year old white male with fair skin of mostly Irish and Cherokee decent. Until last year, I'd say my health had been really great, and I have had little need for doctors or medicines over that period. I have gone to more doctors and more frequently in the past 6 months than I have the previous 37 years combined. The greatest health problem I have is genital herpes which I contracted Sep 01, 2002 (a day I'll certainly never forget, and not fond memories). Apart from that my only other complaint is "piles," which I do not see a doctor for.

Prior to August 1997, I'd had 3 sexual partners in my life, and all activities apart from oral were protected, even though all 3 were in committed relationships. From August 1997 to August 2008, that number rose to somewhere around 50. Most with whom I had unprotected sex. All were heterosexual. I count myself very lucky and fortunate to have made it 11 years of living that way without contracting very dangerous and even deadly diseases. August 1997, I decided to give up sex, likely forever. After all, I think I have had enough for several lifetimes.

Since ~Sep 01, 2008 (about the same day of year as my HSV infection but 6 years later), I began itching profusely on my inner thighs very near my crotch. I immediately tried treating it at home as jock itch. When this failed I tried simply Hydrocortisone. I then tried Permethrin (for scabies, crabs, mites). I then tried Neosporin. I then tried Benadryl cream and pills. After all of these failed, I decided to go to the doc. I initially went to the GP that had years earlier diagnosed the HSV. She gave a 14 day course of TRIAMCINOLONE topically with Doxycycline orally for 2 weeks. After this failed, she told me to go see a urologist. I went to a urologist that had diagnosed me with phlebothrombitis of the penile vein a few years earlier from too rough of sex. That resolved about 2 weeks later. He said he had no clue. He told me to see a dermatologist. I went to a dermatologist that I'd seen a year earlier just out of curiosity about a funny little bump that had been in the center of my chest for ~8 years. It was totally painless and was only an object of curiosity. I think she said it was Lipoma and that nothing could be done about it. I was ok with that. By the time I'd gone to see the dermatologist, my entire scrotum, crotch and upper inner thighs were beet red. She took one look and diagnosed it as erythrasma which she treated with Vtyone (Iodoquinol+Hydrocortisone) topically and Azithromycin orally. This improved things considerably. After this 2 week or 10 day treatment, only my scrotum remained red and it merely burned instead of itching. The crotch and thighs looked fine. She didn't schedule a follow-up. At the end of treatment, I called to inform her that my scrotum was still red and was burning. She couldn't see me for ~3 weeks. Since by this time, I'd been wrestling with skin difficulties in this general region for nearly 3 months and since I had "great balls of fire," I went to another (new) GP (I'd never liked this lady who'd diagnosed me with HSV and who treated me with TRIAMCINOLONE+DOXYCYCLINE). She came across rude and apathetic and seemed to enjoy making me wait for no reason at all). I like the new GP, he is friendly and at least projects a caring image. He treated it as a male yeast infection with Diflucan orally and Ketaconazole topically.

Ok. I am getting longer and more detailed than I wished. Anyways, when the yeast infection treatment from the new GP failed, I called the dermatologist again. This time, oddly enough, she could see me the next day. She treated it as chronic jock itch with Oxicanozole (all these "zoles") topically. This failed. Holidays came. She couldn't see me. I went to new GP again, he gave me a cream with betamethasone and clotrimazole. This didn't help. After the holidays, I go see dermatologist again. She gives me PROTOPIC (She didn't say much. She didn't say why. She didn't even inspect things.) I applied it immediately. 2 hours later I was LITERALLY in tears from pain (burning). By this time it was 6PM Friday. I wasn't going to call her. I immediately washed the area. Washing was painful. After a few minutes the pain was still off the charts intense. I took 800 mg of Ibuprofen. A few minutes later, the pain was off the charts. I tried applying some Lidocaine cream. A few minutes later, the pain is still of the charts. It then dawns on me to try an ice pack. Within minutes the ice pack relieves the pain considerably, not completely. However, I find that the entire night until the wee hours of the morning I had to keep an ice pack on it to keep from balling my eyes out from pain. The next few days, the pain was back to manageable, but constant, as it was before
Hi Mags.Thanks for the response.I am thankful for anyone who takes the time to read my concern & attempts to provide insight.I have not checked those symptom checkers yet.I may do that soon.I had tried webmd's version & healthnet's.I even paid a dermatologist on that site to answer my question.As with my real doctors, he was useless.He suggested something like, "it may be a rash in the seborheic dermititis/eczema family" or something & suggested I try steroids.I'd already mentioned I'd tried 3 steroids.With regards to the Valtrex.Ever since my 1st outbreak,I have taken 1g daily for prevention & even 4g daily for one day for outbreaks.About 6 weeks ago, I resolved to take NOTHING at all, not even Valtrex or Tylenol or Clariton or a vitamin.I did so to see if perhaps I am experiencing a side effect that perhaps noone has ever experienced before.I now simply wash only once every 2 days & apply no lotions or powders.The rash has improved modertaely at best,if at all, since this post.

I'm not a doctor, nor have I had your symptoms.
I'm going to provide the links to some decent Symptom checkers:

This one allows you to enter the symptoms and combine them.

Here's a third:

I think your docs aren't putting the whole picture together.
You are on meds for HSV - could this be a side effect
Check side effects:

Could your primary symptoms: the rash or itching and the tinnitus be unrelated?

I'm sorry that I can't help more but the window for answering is closing and I just noticed your question.

Try the symptom checkers - they might help. - Hope you're feeling better by now.  (+ info)

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