What is Tinea Infection?
Tinea infection is an infection caused by a fungus called dermatophyte. Tinea infections are spread through direct contact with the fungus organism as well as contact with spores. A tinea infection on its own is not serious but can cause significant itch and discomfort. When left untreated, tinea infections can become infected with bacteria or yeast and lead to more serious problems in the elderly, the very young, individuals with compromised immune systems, or individuals with other health problems.
Types of Tinea Infection
Ringworm is a fungal rash that looks like a red ring on the skin.
Athlete’s foot most commonly affects the between the toes but also affects the bottom and sides of the feet in a moccasin like pattern and can cause itching and burning. It is commonly picked up from touching damp surfaces such as shower floors, saunas or swimming pool decks.
Jock itch affects the groin area and causes an itchy, burning rash.
Tinea infections may have similar characteristics to other skin conditions, such as granuloma annulare (non infectious) or other types of dermatoses including psoriasis or contact dermatitis.
When diagnosed correctly by a dermatologist who is trained to distinguish between these skin conditions, tinea infections can be easily treated with topical medications prescribed by your dermatologist.