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What is tinea corporis/pedis/cruris/faciei?Tinea can affect other areas of the body e.g. trunk (corporis), feet (pedis), groin (cruris) and face (faciei).
This is more common in adolescents and adults compared to children.
Symptoms include itchy, red, circular rashes with raised edges with clearing in the central areas of the rash.
How is tinea infection diagnosed?Tinea infection can resemble other skin conditions and will usually require a visit to the physician for diagnosis.
The doctor may use a special light, called a Wood’s lamp, to look for the bright fluorescence of tinea capitis.
The doctor may also order a skin scraping or pulled hair for fungal microscopy and to grow the fungus (fungal culture) to confirm the diagnosis.
How is tinea infection treated in children?Specific treatment regime and length of treatment will be determined by the doctor based on:
It is important to follow your doctor’s orders and complete the treatment prescribed, as recurrence is high if not adequately treated.
If infection is acquired from a pet, it should be brought to a veterinarian for treatment.
What is tinea versicolor? This is a common fungal infection of the skin, caused by a yeast (Pityrosporum/Malassezia). It most commonly affects adolescents and young adults.
Increased sweating in hot, humid weather and poor hygiene can predispose to tinea versicolor.
What are the symptoms of tinea versicolor? Whitish, pinkish, or light brown patches that may be scaly.
Most commonly affects the trunk but may also spread to the face and upper arms. In some adolescents, the yeast can infect hair follicles, resulting in pityrosporum folliculitis, characterised by many small red bumps over the back, chest and upper limbs.
The rash may or may not be itchy.
How is tinea versicolor diagnosed? Diagnosis of tinea versicolor is by clinical history and examination of the rash. The physician may also order a skin scraping for fungal microscopy to help confirm the diagnosis.
How is tinea versicolor treated?Depending on the extent, duration of the rash and how affected the patient is, the following may be prescribed in combination:
Lifestyle modifications advice:
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