Tinea Corporis

Tinea Corporis
Tinea Corporis
  • Fungal infections of the skin are caused by a superficial fungus which is most commonly seen during summer & monsoon months. Any part of the body from head to toe can be involved and in some cases nails are affected.
  • According to the site of involvement , fungal infections are named liked Tinea of groins [ Tinea Cruris ], Tinea Pedis , Tinea Capitis, Tinea Corporis , Tinea Ungium.
  • It present as ring like red lesion having severe itching & discomfort. More likely to develop at sites of excessive sweating like groins , waistline & breast folds. However any part of the body can be involved.
  • If not cured early can spread fast & also develops superimposed bacterial infection.
  • Commonly seen in diabetics , over weight ,patients on long term steroids, patients who sweat a lot & patients working in hot / humid atmosphere.
  • Dignosis can be confirmed by examination of skin scrapings which will show fungal elements & on culture will growth of fungal elements from the skin & nail scraps.
  • Treatment is very effective. A wide range of medicines are available for external use which clear the lesions, however when extensive involvement is present then oral medicine like Griseofulvin , Itraconazole , Terbinafine etc are very helpful.