Erythrasma is a skin disease that causes brown, scaly skin patches. It is caused by the Gram-positive bacterium Corynebacterium minutissimum. It is prevalent among diabetics and the obese, and in warm climates; it is worsened by wearing occlusive clothing.
The main causes of erythrasma considered excessive sweating, changing the normal skin pH to the alkaline side, maceration, mechanical damage to the skin, a permanent stay in a warm and humid environment.
The causative agent of erythrasma may long to dwell on the skin, but under favorable conditions for bacteria to disease progression occurs.
Erythrasma – a contagious disease can be transmitted through everyday, using other people’s personal care, on the beach, in the pool, as well as through sexual contact with a sick or a carrier of infection.