Erythrasma – Superficial skin
Submission and Collection Notes
Preparation Prior to Transport
Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.
Store specimen at room temperature. Specimens should be shipped to the lab ASAP.
Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)
The Erythrasma test is done daily Monday to Friday
Turnaround time is up to 1 day for microscopy results, and up to 15 days for (fungal) culture (to rule out other pathogens) from receipt by PHO laboratory.
Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.
Microscopy using Modified Methylene Blue Stain.
Fungal culture is also performed to detect agents of superficial mycoses and to rule out possible double infections.