Tinea and Dermatophytes

Karl Roberts kr1 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Mon Mar 3 09:34:39 EST 1997

Dear MN,
	The term "dermatophyte" refers to any organism which 
preferentially chooses the epidermis or dermis.  The term "tinea" is Latin
for "gnawing worm" and in your instance refers to those dermatophyte fungi 
which inhabit skin, hair, and nails.  Most commonly, these include the fungal genera 
Epidermophyton, Microsporum, and Trichophyton.  All of these are 
associated with ringworms such as tinea pedis (athlete's foot), tinea 
barbae (barber's itch), and tinea cruris (jock itch).

On 1 Mar 1997, M. Naikyar wrote:

> Can someone please explain how to differentiate between Tinea and 
> Dermatophytes?
> MN

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