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What is Tinea Corporis / Tinea Pedis?

AKA: “An-an“; athlete’s foot

Causative Agent: Microsporum and Trichophyton (rubrum, mentagrophytes)

Incubation Period: 4-10 days

Period of Commuicability: As long as lesions are present

Mode of Transmission: Direct or indirct contact with skin, contaminated clothing (towels, handkerchief, etc), floors, shower stalls, benches

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Flat, spreading, ring-shaped lesions
  • Reddish periphery, vesicular or pustular
  • Maybe dry and scaly or moist and crusted


  • Wash towels and clothing with hot water
  • General cleanliness in swimming pools and shower and dressing rooms of gyms.


  • Use of fungicidal agents


  • Fungicides – topical miconazole, ketoconazole, clotrimazole, toinaftate; oral Griseofulvin

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