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What are the causes of skin dermatophytes?
Aug 9, 2014

Dr. Zakia Dimassi Pediatrics
Dermatophytes are fungi that cause skin, hair, and nail infections. Infections caused by these fungi are also sometimes known as "ringworm" or "tinea." although they are called "ringworm," this infection is not caused by a worm, but by a type of fungus. Dermatophytes can live on moist areas of the skin, on environmental surfaces, and on household items such as clothing, towels, and bedding.
Anyone can get a dermatophytic infection. On child it's most commonly seen in the scalp, and causes a thick white layer like dandruff whereas in adults it's more likely to occur in the hands and feet. The most common dermatophytic infection in adults affects the feet (tinea pedis)
Risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing dermatophytic infections include systemic diseases that suppress the immune system like diabetes or systemic lupus. Additionally, environmental factors, mainly humidity, contribute to increasing the chance of developing this infection.
Treatment is with anti dandruff shampoos.
Dr. Rania Mousa General Medicine
A group of fungi called dermatophytes cause ringworm(Ringworm gets its name because of its appearance. There is no actual worm involved.)

Dermatophytes live off a substance called keratin, a tissue found in many parts of a person’s body, including the nails, skin, and hair. In ringworm of the body, the fungus infects the skin.

It is is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of your skin. It's Ringworm of the body looks like ring- or circular-shaped rashes with edges that are slightly raised. The skin in the middle of these ring-shaped rashes appears healthy. Usually, the rashes are itchy. They will spread over the course of the infection

Symptoms of a more severe infection include rings that multiply and merge together. You may also develop blisters and pus-filled sores near the rings.

Also called tinea corporis, ringworm of the body is closely related to athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris) and ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis). Ringworm often spreads by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal.

Antifungal medications are used to treat ringworm. Mild ringworm often responds to antifungal products that you apply to your skin. For more-severe infections, you may need to take antifungal pills for several weeks.