What is Tinea Manuum?

Tinea manuum is dermatophytic infection of the palm. It is relatively uncommon, and almost always occurs in patient’s that also have tinea pedis (athlete’s foot). It usually only involves one hand, giving rise to the “one hand, two feet” syndrome of tinea manuum plus tinea pedis. It appears as diffuse scaling of the palm, usually with a well-demarcated border..

With what can tinea manuum be confused?

Chronic irritant contact dermatitis can also cause scaling of the palm; however, this condition is usually bilateral. Psoriasis can also effect the palms.

See: Tinea Diagnosis, Treatment and Prognosis