Diagnosis of dermatophytoses still problematic for general practitioners-10 case studies and review of literature

Nicole Machnikowski, Wioletta Barańska-Rybak, Aleksandra Wilkowska, Roman Nowicki, Nicole Machnikowski
Dermatophytoses, also referred to as tinea or ringworm, is a fungal infection of keratinized tissues (skin, hair, nails) caused by Trichophyton, Microsporum and Epidermophyton dermatophytes. It presents clinically as an erythematous, scaly, pruritic rash with a well-defined border. Diagnostic errors are not uncommon with this condition. It can have a close resemblance to lesions of another etiology (e.g. psoriasis, discoid eczema) or present atypically due to the prior use of topical steroid
more » ... topical steroid preparations (e.g. tinea incognito). A cohort of 10 cases with varying initial misdiagnoses of dermatophyte infection were analysed based on on their cutaneous presentations, clinical course, and treatments in order to give guidance for general practitioners. Forum Derm. 2017; 3, 4: 157-165