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Tinea: Introduction

Tinea is a fungus, a type of microorganism, that can cause a tinea infection. Tinea is a common cause of fungal infections. Tinea causes athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm.

Tinea is spread from person to person by direct contact, commonly in such places as contaminated public showers, locker rooms, work-out mats, and gym equipment. It can also be spread from cats, dogs and domesticated animals to humans.

Anyone can get a tinea infection. People most at risk for tinea infections include those taking strong antibiotics, especially for a long period of time. People with diabetes are more likely to develop tinea infections because the elevated level of sugar in the body provide food for fungus and encourage its overgrowth. Other people at risk for tinea infections include the very young and very old.

Recurrent tinea infections can be a symptom of a serious disease, such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop tinea infections and have recurrent bouts of tinea infections. This includes people with HIV/AIDS or those taking steroid medications or on chemotherapy, which all suppress the immune system.

Tinea infections can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the type of infection, the area of the body affected, and other factors. Tinea infections, such as athlete's foots can increase the risk for developing a cellulitis, which can be serious in some people. For more information on symptoms and complications, refer to symptoms of tinea.

Making a diagnosis of an infection caused by tinea includes performing a complete medical evaluation and history and physical examination that focuses on the area of the body that has symptoms. Diagnosing common tinea infections, such as athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm can generally be done by visual exam of the foot for athlete's foot, groin for jock itch, or scalp for ringworm.

Diagnostic testing for the microorganism causing the complication of cellulitis generally includes taking a small sample or swab of the infected area, such as a lesion, and examining it under a microscope.

It is possible that a diagnosis of tinea infection can be missed or delayed because symptoms may be mild and for other reasons. For more information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of tinea.

Common tinea infections, such as athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm can often be successfully treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of tinea....more »

Tinea: Misdiagnosis

A diagnosis of tinea infections begins with taking a thorough health history, including symptoms, and performing a physical exam that focuses on the area of the body that is having symptoms. A diagnosis of tinea infection may be overlooked or delayed because symptoms may be mild in some people or may be attributed to other causes, such as dry skin ...more misdiagnosis »

Tinea: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Tinea, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Tinea Treatments

The most effective treatment plan for tinea infections uses a multifaceted approach. The first step in treatment is prevention.

Prevention and treatment measures include maintaining good groin, foot and skin hygiene. It is also important not to share towels, underwear, shoes and other personal items with other people. Socks and underwear should be changed once a day or whenever they become ...Tinea Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Tinea may include:

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Tinea: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Tinea may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Tinea

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Tinea: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Tinea

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Tinea: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Causes of Tinea listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Tinea as a symptom include:

Definitions of Tinea:

A family of ascomycetous fungi, order Onygenales, characterized by smooth ascospores. The two genera in the family are Arthroderma and Ctenomyces. Several well-known anamorphic forms are parasitic upon the skin.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

General term describing various dermatophytoses; specific types include tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp), tinea favosa (of scalp and skin), tinea pedis (athlete's foot), and tinea unguium (ringworm of the nails).
- (Source - CRISP)

Detailed list of causes of Tinea

The list below shows some of the causes of Tinea mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Tinea?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Tinea. Of the 13 causes of Tinea that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 13 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Tinea:

The following list of conditions have 'Tinea' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Tinea Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Tinea based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    What are the alternative names for Tinea:

    Dermatophytosis, Dermatophytes, Ringworm
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Tinea:

    Medical Conditions associated with Tinea:

    Fungal symptoms (22 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Infection-related symptoms (1293 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes)

    Symptoms related to Tinea:

    Skin itch (1068 causes), Skin rash (461 causes), Toe rash (18 causes), Skin mycoses, Fungal infection, Dermatophytosis, Ringworm, Cutaneous dermatomycosis, Systemic mycosis, Tinea nigra, Tinea versicolor

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