What is tinea (fungus)?

Dermatophytic infections are caused by one of three genera of dermatophytes: TricophytonMicrosporum, and Epidermophyton. They all feed on keratin, with the assistance of digestive keratinases and nutrient absorbing hyphae.  In addition, tinea versicolor (also called pityriasis versicolor), caused by a species of malsezzia, is termed “tinea” as well.

Tinea infections are often referred to by the body region infected: Tinea Capitis, Tinea Corporis, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Faciale, Tinea Manuum, Tinea Pedis, and Tinea Unguium (onychomycosis).

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