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Spot Diagnosis S1.E1_The Skin Eaters


"Superficial fungal infection, or tinea, is really common. In fact, it is one of the most common forms of infection, affecting up to 25% of humans," says Associate Professor Alvin Chong. In this episode, Associate Professor Alvin Chong and Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont discuss one of the most common skin problems: fungal infections of the skin, hair and nails known as tinea. Tinea infection has a variety of clinical manifestations and affects all age groups, ranging from tinea pedis in adults to tinea capitis in pre-pubertal children.


Other Resources
  1. Download transcript of this episode (PDF)
  2. Download Patient Information Sheet (PDF)
  3. See also: Kovitwanichkanont T, Chong AH. Superficial Fungal Infections. Aust J Gen Pract. 2019 Oct;48(10):706-711.
    OBJECTIVE: This article provides an updated overview of the common clinical manifestations and practical approaches to the diagnosis and management of tinea infections.
    DISCUSSION: While tinea may be suspected on the basis of clinical grounds, it is important to be aware of the various conditions considered in the differential diagnosis that may mimic tinea infections. Topical and systemic antifungal modalities are available and are selected on the basis of the subtypes and severity of tinea infection. Untreated, tinea can cause significant morbidity and predispose to complications, including cellulitis and ulcers on the feet and alopecia on the scalp.
  • Tinea - Skin Health Institute Patient Information Sheet 
  • Tinea, Dermnet NZ
  • The A - Z of Skin, The Australasian College of Dermatologists
  • Tinea, healthdirect (Australian government funded consumer service)


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