Tinea

Created 2003.


"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.

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 incognita (often spelled 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).

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