Superficial skin changes caused by certain fungi (see fungus) that live on the skin, feeding on keratin. Skin responses vary from slight scaling to blistering and marked disruption of the keratin layer (depending on body area and type of fungus), usually in a ring shape. It includes athlete's foot, jock itch, and fungal infections of the body, hands, nails, and scalp. While the last is very contagious, spread of other types depends on susceptibility and predisposing factors (e.g., excessive perspiration). Ringworm is treated with medications applied to the skin or taken orally.
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Tinea capitis: a review: tinea capitis causes hair loss, scaling, erythema, and impetigo-like lesions. It is the most common dermatophyte infection found in children under the age of 12, especially in African Americans. A good knowledge and understanding of the dosages, duration, and potential side effects of different antifungals is important for managing tinea capitis.(CNE series)
Dec 01, 2007; Objectives This continuing nursing educational (CNE) activity is designed for nurses and other health care providers who care for...