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Erschienen in: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 1-2/2021

26.05.2020 | original article

Erythrasma in athletes and football players

verfasst von: MD Lilia Zisova, Valentin Valchev, Georgi Kasabov

Erschienen in: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift | Ausgabe 1-2/2021

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Summary

Background

Erythrasma is a superficial skin infection that presents with red-brown, flaky macules. It is caused by the Gram-positive bacteria Corynebacterium minutissimum. The purpose of our study is to investigate the prevalence and incidence of erythrasma in active sportsmen, i.e., athletes and football players, comparing the results with the incidence of the disease in the general population.

Methods

A total of 140 sportsmen, 110 male athletes and 30 football players, were examined by clinical examination, microscopic examination (Gram staining), and Wood’s lamp examination.

Results

Erythrasma was diagnosed in 39% (43) of the athletes and in 40% (12) of the football players studied. Inguinal folds were found to be most commonly affected. The disease was often localized to more than one area. This erythrasma study conducted in Bulgaria is the first in active athletes. The worldwide prevalence of erythrasma in the general population varies from 4 to 15%.

Conclusion

It was found that the incidence of erythrasma is high in men actively involved in sports. The results obtained are explained by the presence of many factors predisposing for the development of this disease in the athletes.
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Metadaten
Titel
Erythrasma in athletes and football players
verfasst von
MD Lilia Zisova
Valentin Valchev
Georgi Kasabov
Publikationsdatum
26.05.2020
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift / Ausgabe 1-2/2021
Print ISSN: 0043-5341
Elektronische ISSN: 1563-258X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10354-020-00753-2