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Tinea is a fungus that can grow on your skin, hair or nails. Tinea infections are named for the part of the body they infect. Tinea corporis is a fungal infecton of the skin. It looks like a circle and spreads out leaving normal looking skin in the center of a raised reddish, scaly border. TInea pedis is also know as “athletes foot” and may cause red, cracked, itchy skin between the toes or on the sole of the foot. If the infection spreads to the nails, it is called Tinea unguim, causing thick, crumbly, yellowish nails. Tinea cruris , “jock itch”, is the name when fungus affects the warm, moist skin of the groin. Tinea capitus is when the head and hair are infected causing round bald patches.
Tinea Versicolor is a surface fungal infection that causes changes in the outer most layers of the skin. It is caused by a yeast-like fungus normally found on our skin in small numbers. When overgrowth occurs, a rash appears as scaly white to tan spots over the upper arms, chest, back and neck. After sun exposure, these spots are more noticeable because they do not tan. With this type of tinea infection, it is important to remember that the infection will be cured in a week, however, the loss of color can last for months. Treatment of all tinea infections, depending on area of the body, is achieved with a topical or oral anti-fungal medication.