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Subject: List of cutaneous conditions, ICD-10 Chapter XII: Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, Folliculitis decalvans, Koilonychia, Sebaceous hyperplasia
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Classification and external resources
ICD-10 L75.1
ICD-9-CM 705.89
DiseasesDB 30737
eMedicine derm/596

Chromhidrosis (also referred to as "colored sweat"[1]) is a rare condition characterized by the secretion of colored sweat.[2] It is caused by the deposition of lipofuscin in the sweat glands. Cases of red, blue, green, yellow, pink, and black sweat have been reported. Usually chromhidrosis affects the apocrine glands, mainly on the face and underarms. A limited number of treatment options exist, including regular application of Capsaicin cream and prolonged relief may be provided by botulinum toxin treatment. Chromogenic pigments produced by bacteria (Corynebacterium in particular) are implicated in this condition but their exact role still requires careful microbiological elucidation. Chromhidrosis of the eccrine glands is rare, it occurs mainly after the ingestion of certain dyes or drugs.

See also


  1. ^ James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (10th ed.). Saunders. p. 179.  
  2. ^ Freedberg, Irwin M.; Eisen, Arthur Z.; Wolff, Klauss; Austen, K. Frank; Katz, Lowell A., eds. (2003). Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 708.  

Further reading

  • Schwarz, T; Neumann, R; Duschet, P; Brückler, B; Klein, W; Oppolzer, G; Bardach, H; Gschnait, F (1989). "Apokrine Chromhidrose" [Apocrine chromhidrosis]. Der Hautarzt (in German) 40 (2): 106–9.  
  • Marksjr, J (1989). "Treatment of apocrine chromhidrosis with topical capsaicin". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 21 (2 Pt 2): 418–20.  
  • Bartels, Eva (2008). "Farbkodierte Dopplersonographie der Vertebralarterien. Vergleich mit der konventionellen Duplexsonographie" [Color coded Doppler sonography of the vertebral arteries. Comparison with conventional duplex sonography]. Ultraschall in der Medizin 13 (2): 59–66.  
  • Musel, Andrea (2005). "Chromhidrosis and Pseudochromhidrosis" (PDF). Journal: 1–3. 

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