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SKIN DISEASES: Trichomycosis axillaries
Location: Trichomycosis is a bacterial infection of the hair shaft found in sweat gland–bearing areas.

Symptoms: Patients affected by trichomycosis axillaris present with complaints of a disagreeable underarm odor and a history of hyperhidrosis and poor hygiene. Examination reveals the underarm hair to be coated with black, yellow-white or reddish deposits.

Treatments: Daily cleansing with soap and water generally cures the infection, and regular use of antiperspirants aids in prevention. Topical erythromycin is occasionally required to eliminate the infection.

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