Fungal Infections

Tinea corporis, commonly known as ringworm, is a superficial fungal infection of the skin characterized by circular, erythematous, scaly lesions with raised borders. As a dermatologist, recognizing the clinical features and risk factors associated with tinea corporis is essential in facilitating accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

The causative agents of tinea corporis are dermatophyte fungi, including Trichophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton species, which thrive in warm, moist environments and are transmitted through direct contact with infected individuals, animals, or contaminated surfaces.

Diagnosing tinea corporis involves a comprehensive clinical evaluation, including inspection of the characteristic lesions and consideration of associated symptoms such as itching or burning. Wood's lamp examination and fungal culture may aid in confirming the diagnosis and identifying the specific fungal species involved.

Treatment options for tinea corporis typically involve topical antifungal agents such as terbinafine, clotrimazole, or miconazole, applied twice daily for several weeks to eradicate the infection. Oral antifungal medications may be necessary for widespread or recalcitrant cases.

Patient education is paramount in tinea corporis management, emphasizing the importance of maintaining good hygiene practices, avoiding sharing personal items, and promptly seeking medical attention for suspected fungal infections. By providing comprehensive evaluation, tailored treatment plans, and ongoing support, dermatologists play a crucial role in effectively managing tinea corporis and preventing recurrence.

Nashville Dermatology Physicians


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