Fungal Infections (Tineas)
Fungus infections are extremely common. Fungi are plants and like plants, they like to grow in a warm, moist place. There are many different types of fungal infections, that are categorized according to the area of the body involved.
- Tinea capitis (scalp)
- Tinea corporis or ringworm (body)
- Tinea cruris or jock itch (groin)
- Tinea pedis or athletes feet (feet)
- Tinea manuum (hand)
- Tinea facei (face)
- Onychomycosis (nails)
The key to diagnosis for all these fungal infections is the KOH exam. This simple in office test provides the ability to identify the plants under the microscope when scrapings of scale, hair or nail are soaked in KOH (potassium Hydroxide solution), for a definitive diagnosis.