Superficial Fungal Infections

Prim Care. 2015 Dec;42(4):501-16. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2015.08.004.


Superficial fungal infections grow in dark and moist areas and invade various parts of the body. These infections are easily treatable in immunocompetent individuals. In immunosuppressed individuals, the presentation can be quite severe, requiring use of more potent antifungal agents. The treatment for these conditions consists of topical antifungal agents, creams, and oral systemic medications. The use of prednisone can alter the appearance of superficial fungal infections, making them difficult to diagnose. It is important for primary care providers to become adept at understanding the epidemiology, transmission, clinical presentation, diagnosis techniques, and treatment options available.

Keywords: Antifungal treatment; Candidiasis; Superficial fungal infection; Tinea barbae; Tinea capitis; Tinea corporis; Tinea pedis; Tinea versicolor.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Dermatomycoses / diagnosis*
  • Dermatomycoses / drug therapy*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Risk Factors
  • Tinea / classification


  • Antifungal Agents