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Tinea (Ringworm)

Tinea, also known as dermatophytosis, is a superficial skin infection caused by a fungus. It is a very common condition affecting up to one in five adults. The infection develops from contact with the fungus which likes to grows in warm moist places such as gyms, pools, saunas, bathroom floors, damp clothes, towels, shoes, and socks. Occasionally, a person can get this type of fungal infection through contact with an animal such as a dog or cat. The infection is often given a specific name depending on the part of the body affected.


Tinea corporis (body) also commonly known as “ringworm”
Tinea capitis (scalp)
Tinea cruris (groin) also commonly known as “jock itch”
Tinea pedis (foot) also commonly known as “athlete’s foot”
Tinea unguium or onychomycosis (nail)
Tinea manuum (hand)
Tinea faciei (face)
Tinea barbae (beard)


Tinea can have different appearances at these various body sites ranging from a circular scaly rash, redness, skin peeling, itchy bumps, and sometimes blisters. Tinea of the scalp can cause scaling and hair loss while tinea of the nails can cause thickening and yellowing of the nail.


Tinea can be recognized by looking at a skin scraping from the affected area under a microscope. If necessary, a fungal culture or a skin biopsy can also establish the diagnosis. The infection can be treated with both topical and oral antifungal medications.

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