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Tinea pedis (Athlete's foot) agents

"The big three": T. mentagrophytes > T. rubrum > E. floccosum.

-extent of the clinical features of symptomatic athlete's foot are a result of the interaction of fungi and bacteria.
-may involved nails
-may affect hand: "2 foot, 1 hand syndrome"


Tinea pedis, common?
risk factors?

Most common dermatophytic infection infecting 30-70%
of the population.
peaks in summer and in the tropics (feet sweating the most, also old people who buy cheap plastic shoes),
Abrasion and high moisture. Occult nail infections serve as the reservoir for organisms causing tinea pedis. also in DM pts


Tinea pedis: 3 common manifestations

Intertriginous form.
Chronic, papulosquamous, hyperkeratotic form (moccasin type).
Vesiculobullous form.


T. pedis: Intertriginous form.

Peeling, maceration of skin between toes.
Foul odor. (due to G-orgs)
Very persistent; associated with hyperhidrosis. (sweaty)


T. pedis: Chronic, papulosquamous, hyperkeratotic form (moccasin type).

Pink skin covered by fine, silvery-white scales. (looks like wearing moccasin)
Very persistent; difficult to treat. *T. rubrum* (most DR)


T. pedis: Vesiculobullous form.

Vesicles, vesiculopustules, or bullae occur singly or in patches in an inflammatory pattern.
This form is most often responsible for "id" reaction.


?? is a potential complication of all three forms of tinea pedis.

Cellulitis, flatulence, aerosolizing orgs


T. pedis ddx

Contact dermatitis, eczema, and pustular psoriasis


Tinea manuum (Ringworm of the Hand) agents

Majority of infections caused by the big three: T. mentagrophytes > T. rubrum>E. floccosum, with *T. rubrum* dominating


Predisposing factors for T. manuum include ??

concomitant infection (especially tinea pedis) and occupational compression of the interdigital spaces.
wearing gloves


Clinical manifestations of T. manuum reflect the manifestations seen with ??

T. pedis


Tinea cruris (Jock itch) agents

The big three T. mentagrophytes>T. rubrum>E. floccosum. with *E. floccosum* predominating


T. cruris age and gender??

Infection of the groin is more common in males and involves the perineum, scrotum, and perianal area and often the inner third of the buttock. Rare in childhood.

(spandex, tight clothes)


T. cruris clinical manifestations

Reddish-brown lesions are usually sharply demarcated with a raised, erythematous margin. Lesions are pruritic with bilateral but asymmetrical involvement. *Central portion of lesion is rarely healed*


T. cruris ddx

1. Candidal intertrigo (Uniformly red, with no central clearing; satellite lesions)
2. Erythrasma (Uniformly brown and scaly, with no active edge; *fluoresces a brilliant coral red*)
3. Mechanical intertrigo (Sharp edge, no central clearing or scale)
4. Psoriasis (Silvery scale and sharp margination; pitted nails; knee, elbow, and scalp lesions)
5. Seborrheic dermatitis (Greasy scales; scalp (dandruff) and sternal involvement)


Tinea unguium (Onychomycosis)
Ringworm of the nails agent

50% of all nail infections are caused by fungi. *Trichophyton rubrum and
T. metagrophytes* account for 90% of dermatophytic nail infections.
T. rubrum most difficult to tx


T. unguium infections often associated with ??

also occurs as a result of ??

other concomitant tinea infections.

trauma induced by manicures or pedicures. Nail infections serve as the reservoir for tinea pedis.
(factoid: pseudomonas grows in soapy water)


T. unguium: Four major clinical presentations

Distal sublingual onychomycosis: the most common form of the disease. Nail thickens, and often discolors.-get rid of nail as much as possible

Proximal sublingual onychomycosis: the most common form found in patients with *HIV*. inf. begins in the nail fold (cuticle)- do CD4+ test, screen for HIV (g24 Ag), TB: TBT or Quantiferon GOLD (if immigrant)

White superficial onychomycosis (Leukonychia mycotica): Nails lose their luster, become opaque, brittle, and have a crumbling consistency.

Candidal onychomycosis: (NOT a dermatophytic manifestation). typically colored: green or brown, unlike white usually associated with fungal


why should T. unguium dx be confirmed before tx?

requires expensive, prolonged tx (3-4mos for fingernail infections and 4-6mos for toenail infections)


?? of the clipped, distal free edge of the nail and attached subungual debris is the most sensitive diagnostic method for T. unguium and is painless for patients

Periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) staining with histologic examination


T. unguium ddx

lichen planus,
nail-bed tumor,
peripheral vascular disease,
atopic dermatitis,
contact dermatitis
yellow nail syndrome.


Tinea corporis (tinea glabrosa) agents

Dermatophyte infections of *glabrous (smooth) skin* excluding certain
specific areas is caused by any of the *Trichophyton or Microsporum* species.
similar lesions to Tinea pedis, may look like a flower "iris-like"


T. corporis clinical manifestations

Typically appears as single or multiple, annular, scaly lesions with central clearing, a slightly elevated, reddened edge, and sharp margination (abrupt transition from abnormal-to-normal skin) on the trunk, extremities, or face.
The border of the lesion may contain pustules or follicular papules.
Itching is variable.


T. corporis ddx

Nummular eczema,
pityriasis rosea,
Lyme disease,
tinea versicolor,
contact dermatitis,
granuloma annulare
*Herpes gladiatorum (also cause by CA-MRSA)
just S. aureus (secondarily impetiginous)

if scrape lesions w. no pain to pt, consider leprosy


Tinea barbae (Barber's itch) agents

Caused by anthropophilic strains of T. rubrum and zoophilic strains of T. mentagrophytes or T. verrucosum.


T. barbae risk factor



T. barbae clin manifest

Parallel bacterial folliculitis and sycosis barbae produced by S. aureus with associated alopecia and scaring.


T. barbae ddx

a clue to dx??

bacterial folliculitis, perioral dermatitis, pseudofolliculitis barbae, contact dermatitis and herpes simplex. (mala furfur folliculitis)

typically hair removal is painless in tinea barbae (and other fungal) but painful in bacterial infections.


Tinea faciei presentation

non-bearded area of the face.
itching and burning, which become *worse after sunlight exposure*
Some round or annular red patches are present. red areas may be indistinct, especially on darkly pigmented skin, and lesions may have little or no scaling or raised edges.


for T. faciei dx, ?? and ?? may help in establishing the diagnosis.

A high index of suspicion, along with a KOH microscopy of scrapings from the leading edge of the skin change


T. faciei ddx

seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, discoid lupus erythematosus, psoriasis and contact dermatitis.


Tinea capitis (Ringworm of the scalp and hair) agents

*Microsporum or Trichophytonspecies*
*M. audouinii and M. canis* are responsible for most infections in US.
Fungus grows distally, producing an ectothrix that fluoresces under Wood's lamp.


T. capitis age??

Occurs most often in children, rarely reported in individuals past puberty.


T. capitis confirmed by culture in 92% of children
who had at least 3 of 4 of the following clinical features: ??

scalp scaling,
scalp pruritus,
occipital adenopathy,
diffuse, patchy, or discrete alopecia.


four stages of T. capitis infection

incubation period is 2-4 d
enlargement of lesion which lasts 3-4 months
refractory period when no new lesions develop, last 4 months to years
lesions gradually regress


severity of T. capitis infection will depend on

whether the strain is anthropophilic or not.


T. capitis: M. audouinii and M. canis. Symptoms include ??

itchy, scaly scalp and papules develop. Infected hair becomes dull, breaks off 3 to 4 mm above the scalp (*ectothrix*).


T. capitis: Trichophyton manifestations

T. tonsurans and T. violaceum produce "blackdot" endothrix infections, (i.e., fungus produces spores inside the hair shaft, and the infected hair break off at scalp level [black dot syndrome]).
(scalp and hair infections are on the increase in the US)


T. capitis dx

Fluorescence with a Wood’s lamp for Microsporum sp. (ectothrix). Hair has spores on outside of the shaft. Spores on the inside of hair shaft – endothrix (Trichophyton)

listen at about 38 1/15...where hair breakage


T. capitis ddx: When scaling and inflammation are prominent, other diagnoses to consider include ??

seborrheic dermatitis (no hair loss),
atopic dermatitis (lesions in flexural folds of the neck, arms, or legs), and
psoriasis (nail changes and silvery scales on the knees or elbows)


T. capitis ddx: When alopecia is prominent, diagnoses to rule out include ??

alopecia areata (complete, rather than patchy, hair loss),
traction alopecia (history of tight hair braiding), and
trichotillomania (hairs of differing lengths and a history of obsessive hair manipulation).


Tinea favosa (Honeycomb ringworm) agent??
what is it??
what usually present??

T. schoenleinii (endothrix)

a chronic mycotic infection of the scalp or glabrous skin characterized by the formation of yellow crusts within the hair follicles (scutula) and eventual cicatricial alopecia and scarring. A "mousy" or "cheesy" odor is usually present.


Dermatomycosis: Cutaneous Candidiasis is ??

Any fungal infection of the skin, nails or hair by a fungus OTHER THAN a dermatophyte.
Candida albicans


Cutaneous Candidiasis incidence??

age?? gender??

Parallels that of population with *depressed cellular

part of normal flora
extremes of age, females


Cutaneous Candidiasis risk factors

Diabetes, *obesity, pregnancy, antibiotics, steroids, AIDS, depressed CMI, PMN and/or transferrin function/levels.
v. old and v. young
can cause enathem and exanthem


Cutaneous Candidiasis: Intertriginous candidosis

Characteristic "weeping" or "scaled skin" lesions. Typical lesions are pruritic, erythematous with macerated edges and frequently has satellite vesicopustules.
-hard to ddx from dermatophyte, should see germ tubes (pseudohyphae) if candida on microscopy


Cutaneous Candidiasis: : Paronychial or onychomycotic candidosis

Characteristic painful, reddened swelling up to 1 cm from the paronychial edge.
nail is invaded in chronic infections; it becomes hardened, thickened, discolored (brownish or green), and striated with ridges or grooved.
Generally there is cuticle involvement +/- pus.
whole area involved, erythematous


Cutaneous Candidiasis dx

KOH preparation of skin or nail scrapings and culture of skin or nail scrapings on
Sabouraud-glucose agar containing
chloramphenicol and cycloheximide and/or *germ-tube test (candida is positive)*


Cutaneous Candidiasis tx

*1% crystal violet* (As good or better than 1% nystatin)


Treat candidal paronychia or onychomycosis with ??

nystatin ointment,
amphotericin B ointment or
ketoconazole ointment and/or systemically (ampB, ketoconazole)

-opt for ketoconazole before amp B as it is very toxic

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