What Is Corynebacterium Minutissimum?

Corynebacterium minutissimum is a species of the genus corynebacterium. It’s commonly associated with erythrasma — which is a type of skin rash.

History of Corynebacterium Minutissimum

In 1961, corynebacterium minutissimum was first isolated from infection sites of patients presenting with a common cutaneous infection known as erythrasma.

Since its discovery, scientists have identified C. minutissimum as an opportunistic pathogen in immunosuppressed cancer and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) patients.

C. minutissimum has been isolated from granulomatous lesions, subcutaneous abscesses, and cutaneous fistulas of HIV-positive patients.

Furthermore, bacteremia with C. minutissimum and resultant sepsis have been reported in patients with chronic and acute myeloid leukemia.

It has also proven to be developing resistance to antibiotics. Plus, the virulence factors associated with this pathogen remain ambiguous, which highlights the need for complete genomic data.

Meaning the identification of genes contributing to antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity of this bacterium will help elucidate the following three:

  1. Better treatment options
  2. The mechanism of infection
  3. Accurate identification tools

Besides its characteristics and toxicity, we know that C. minutissimum is a widespread bacterium that’s commonly found in soil, water, plants, and food products.

It’s also found in the mucosa and normal skin flora of humans and animals.

We also know that C. minutissimum typically affects the groin, axillae, intergluteal folds, submammary region, and interdigital spaces of our toes.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Corynebacterium Minutissimum

As we mentioned earlier, corynebacterium minutissimum can cause erythrasma, but what we didn’t mention was that it’s also the only documented cause of erythrasma.

People who catch erythrasma typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Reddish-brown, slightly scaly patches with sharp borders

Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that erythrasma can lead to more serious conditions if it’s not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Corynebacterium Minutissimum

Since corynebacterium minutissimum is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors typically prescribe 250 mg of erythromycin four times a day for 2 weeks to treat an infection caused by corynebacterium minutissimum.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by corynebacterium minutissimum, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by corynebacterium minutissimum?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill corynebacterium minutissimum is all you need to do.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.

Our Path-Guard® System can kill corynebacterium minutissimum in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.

For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.