Skin Infections Due to CorynebacteriumAuthor(s): Meltem Türkmen | Derya Aytimur
Journal: Turk Dermatoloji Dergisi ISSN 1307-7635
Volume: 04; Issue: 01; Start page: 18; Date: 2010;
Keywords: Corynebacterium | pitted keratolysis | erythrasma | trichobacteriosis
Corynebacteria are Gram-positive, non-sporulated, non-capsulated, aerobic diphtheroid bacteria accounting for nearly 50%of the natural skin biocene. This bacterial family is responsible for various skin diseases such as cutaneous diphteria, cromhydrosis, bromhydrosis but the most common of them are pitted keratolysis, trichobacteriosis and erythrasma. A warm and moist environment and poor hygiene are the predisposition factors for these three diseases. Although this skin diseases are seen more frequently, they usually mistaken for a mycotic infection by general practitioners, with subsequent antimycotic treatment. Here skin diseases compromised with Corynebacterium are presented with their demographic features and discussed on the basis of a literature review.