Between the Toes

Erythrasma is a condition in which the skin between the toes becomes red and itchy. The skin may turn brown or become scaly. Creams, anti-fungal ointments, and powders will not resolve the skin infection. Those with erythrasma may notice the same patches of skin in skin fold regions: armpit, the groin, the belly button, and may be worsened by dermatitis or infection by other bacteria. The main culprit is Corynebacterium minutissimum, however other fungi or bacteria can co-infect the area. Very rarely, the infection can become deeper and an abscess may develop; thus, treatment is recommended.

Your podiatrist and/or dermatologist may recommend:

  • Erythrasma requires certain tests to diagnose: under a Wood’s lamp, the skin may fluoresce coral red or a swab or skin scrapings may be collected and viewed under a microscope
  • Controlling for moisture between the toes as moist environments can harbor bacteria
  • Treatment with topical gentamicin, an antibiotic
  • Maintaining proper hygiene
  • If ointment does not resolved the infection, oral antibiotics may be used

Erythrasma resolves within a few weeks in most patients treated with antibiotics. Co-infections may have to be treated as well. The sooner you see your physician, the sooner the infection can be treated.

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