Tinea refers to the many species of fungi can that can infect the skin. If the skin is compromised and then exposed to tinea in the environment, the organism will invade the skin. It can grow out of control and lead to a rash or spots on the skin.
This infection is common amongst young adults and teenagers. Tinea is not painful, nor threatening to the health, and is easily treated. Treated skin can regain its normal color, if the color of the skin has been affected by the infection.
Symptoms of Tinea
People with oily skin who live in hot and humid climates are more likely to develop tinea.
Tinea appears as discolored spots on the skin, which can be darker or lighter than the surrounding skin. It often looks red, dry and scaly like a rash and the spots may be itchy.
The fungus causing the infection prevents the affected skin from tanning, so tanning makes the infection more noticeable.
Tinea is easily diagnosed and treated. To get help with a condition that you feel may be tinea, call the dermatological professionals at the Skin and Cancer Center of Scottsdale today at (480) 596-1110.
Treatment of Tinea
For optimal treatment, seek the help of a medically-trained professional who will base treatment on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the amount of skin is affected, the thickness of the spots and area climate that may exacerbate the condition.
Applicable medications such as soaps, shampoos and creams can keep the yeast in control.
Medicated cleansers are recommended since tinea is likely to occur multiple times due to climate.
Antifungal pills are used for aggressive cases of tinea which have been previously treated and then return. They are not usually administered as the first course of treatment.
While tinea is neither bothersome nor harmful, consulting a medically-trained professional is recommended if tinea is causing noticeable discoloration to the skin. With treatment, the color of the skin can return to normal within a few weeks.
To arrange a consultation, call the Skin & Cancer Center of Scottsdale at (480) 596-1110 today.