Tinea

Below you will find more information about Tinea from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Tinea it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Tinea and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Tinea comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Tinea otherwise known as Dermatophytes is a fungeal infection that is caused by a group of fungi that usually invades the dead keratin of the skin, hair and nails. It may be spread from person to person or anthropophili animal to person or zoophilic.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made through microscopic examination of the nail or hair specimen, use of wood light and even undergoing a polymerase chain reaction tests.

Treatment

Treatment includes consultation to a dermatologists and application of topical agents such as creams and powder sprays, oral antifungal and antimyotic drugs.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms includes itching, hair loss in cases of tinea capitis, scaling of the soles.

Causes

It is caused by the fungi belonging to the genera Microsporum, trichophyton and epidermophyton that is commonly spread in moist conditions, usage of communal baths, immunocompromised states and genetic predisposition.

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