"Tinea" refers to a skin infection with a dermatophyte (ringworm) fungus.
Depending on which part of the body is affected, it is given a specific name.
- Tinea barbae (beard)
- Tinea capitis (head)
- Tinea corporis (body)
- Tinea cruris (groin)
- Tinea faciei (face)
- Tinea manuum (hand)
- Tinea pedis (foot)
- Tinea unguium (nail)
Sometimes, the name gives a different meaning.
- Tinea versicolor is more accurately called Pityriasis versicolor. This is a common yeast infection on the trunk.
- Tinea incognito refers to a tinea infection in which the clinical appearance has changed because of inappropriate treatment.
- Tinea nigra is a mould infection (not a dermatophyte). It affects the palms or soles, which appear brown (on white skin) or black (on dark skin).
On DermNet NZ:
- Introduction to fungal infections
- Mycology of dermatophytes
- Laboratory tests for fungal infections
- Treatment of fungal infections
- Tinea Infections– Medline Plus
- Medscape Reference has several chapters about tinea
- Fungal Guide.ca – SkinCareGuide.com
- Patient information: Ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch (The Basics) – UpToDate (for subscribers)
- Patient information: Ringworm (including athlete's foot and jock itch) (Beyond the Basics) – UpToDate (for subscribers)
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