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What is erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica?

Author: Craig Payne
by Craig Payne
Posted: Mar 05, 2023
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Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica, also known as blastomycosis-like pyoderma, is a rare fungal infection that affects the skin, often between the toes of the feet. It is caused by the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis, which is commonly found in soil and decaying organic matter in the United States and Canada. The condition typically affects the skin between the toes and fingers, but it can also spread to other parts of the body. Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica typically begins as small pimple-like lesions that can be red, swollen, and painful. These lesions can then progress to become deep, ulcerated wounds that are often infected with bacteria. The condition can be very uncomfortable and can make it difficult for people to walk or use their hands. The exact cause of Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica is not fully understood, but it is thought to occur when the fungus enters the body through small cuts or abrasions on the skin. People who work or spend a lot of time in areas where the fungus is common, such as wooded areas or near bodies of water, are more likely to develop the infection. The condition is also more common in people who have weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Diagnosing Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica can be difficult because it is a rare condition and the symptoms can be similar to other skin conditions, such as bacterial infections or eczema. A dermatologist will typically perform a skin biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. This involves taking a small sample of skin tissue and examining it under a microscope for signs of the fungus. Treatment for Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica typically involves a combination of antifungal and antibiotic medications. Antifungal medications are used to kill the fungus, while antibiotics are used to treat any bacterial infections that may be present. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove infected tissue. It is important to continue treatment for the full course of medication, even if symptoms improve, to prevent the infection from returning. As well as the medication paying special attention to foot hygiene is very important. Preventing Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica involves taking precautions when working or spending time in areas where the fungus is common. This includes wearing protective clothing and shoes, washing hands and feet regularly, and avoiding contact with soil or decaying organic matter. People with weakened immune systems should take extra precautions and avoid areas where the fungus is known to be present.

Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica is a rare fungal infection that can occur between the toes of the feet can be difficult to diagnose and treat. It typically affects the skin between the toes and fingers, but it can also spread to other parts of the body. Treatment involves a combination of antifungal and antibiotic medications and good foot hygiene, and prevention involves taking precautions when working or spending time in areas where the fungus is common. If you suspect you may have Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica, it is important to see a dermatologist or podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

About the Author

Craig Payne is a University lecturer, runner, cynic, researcher, skeptic, forum admin, woo basher, clinician, rabble-rouser, blogger and a dad.

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