Tinea Corporis

About Tinea Corporis Tinea corporis, also known as “ringworm”, is a fungal infection of the body. History of exposure to an infected pet or dog is common. The classic lesion is annular (hence the name “ringworm”), with an elevated, scaling border and a central clearing. Some lesions may be serpiginous rather than annular. With what… Read More

Tinea Capitis

About tinea capitis Tinea capitis is a superficial dermatophytic fungal infection of the scalp, usually caused by Tricophyton tonsurans, Microsporum canis, or Microsporum audouinii. Clinically, the disease ranges from scaling patches to a boggy, inflamed, pustule-studded plaque (kerion) accompanied by regional lymphadenopathy (swelling of lymph nodes). Patchy alopecia (hair loss) studded with broken hair shafts,… Read More

Fungus (Tinea)

What is tinea (fungus)? Dermatophytic infections are caused by one of three genera of dermatophytes: Tricophyton, Microsporum, 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… Read More