Wound Wise: Stop the fungus among us

Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
June 2007 
Volume 5  Number 3
Pages 9 - 12
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TWENTY-YEAR-OLD John Roberts comes to your clinic with an embarrassing problem—he can't stop scratching his groin. He tells you that he's on the track team at his college and that the itchiness seems to flare up in the spring when training is at its peak and he's sweating for hours at a time. After he stops blushing, you examine John's groin area, where you find red, scaling patches with pustules that extend to his inner thighs. You immediately know what the problem is—John has tinea cruris, commonly known as jock itch.

Often called ringworm because of its characteristic appearance of a ring or rounded tunnel under the skin, tinea is the most common fungal skin infection. It can affect the feet, scalp, groin, nails, and body. If one of the body's primary defense barriers—intact skin, mucosal surfaces, and the immune system—breaks down, fungi can invade the skin and cause an infection.

In this article, we'll discuss the types of tinea infections and the signs ...

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