Tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea nigra, and piedra

Dermatol Clin. 2003 Jul;21(3):395-400, v. doi: 10.1016/s0733-8635(03)00031-7.


Tinea infections are among the most common dermatologic conditions throughout the world. To avoid a misdiagnosis, identification of dermatophyte infections requires both a fungal culture on Sabouraud's agar media, and a light microscopic mycologic examination from skin scrapings. Topical antifungals may be sufficient for treatment of tinea corporis and cruris and tinea nigra, and the shaving of hair infected by piedra may also be beneficial. Systemic therapy, however, may be required when the infected areas are large, macerated with a secondary infection, or in immunocompromised individuals. Preventative measures of tinea infections include practicing good personal hygiene; keeping the skin dry and cool at all times; and avoiding sharing towels, clothing, or hair accessories with infected individuals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Administration, Oral
  • Antifungal Agents / administration & dosage
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Piedra / diagnosis
  • Piedra / drug therapy
  • Piedra / microbiology
  • Piedra / prevention & control
  • Tinea / diagnosis
  • Tinea / drug therapy*
  • Tinea / microbiology
  • Tinea / prevention & control
  • Tinea Capitis / diagnosis
  • Tinea Capitis / drug therapy
  • Tinea Capitis / microbiology
  • Tinea Capitis / prevention & control
  • Tinea Pedis / diagnosis
  • Tinea Pedis / drug therapy
  • Tinea Pedis / microbiology
  • Tinea Pedis / prevention & control


  • Antifungal Agents