Pitted keratolysis - how to treat?

Grazyna Kaminska-Winciorek, Radoslaw Spiewak

Department of Experimental Dermatology and Cosmetology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland

Source: Kaminska-Winciorek G, Spiewak R. Keratoliza dziobata - jak leczyc? Pol Merk Lek 2011; 31 (182): 127-129.


Pitted keratolysis is a common and problematic skin condition affecting the feet caused by the keratolytic activity of Corynebacterium, Micrococcus, Dermatophilus. Skin lesions are characterized by crater-like pits of the epidermis accompanied by a burning sensation, itching, pain and malodor. The purpose of the present paper was to characterise the disease's clinical features and possibilities for the therapy. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, not only dermatologists ought to be familiar with the disease, but also physicians, pediatricians, surgeons, orthopedists, military doctors and occupational health doctors.

Key words: pitted keratolysis, Corynebacterium, skin infections, hyperhidrosis.

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