Knowing how to protect yourself from Tinea Manus

Dermatophytosis or in simple terms ringworms (tinea corporis) is a condition caused by fungi affecting the skin of humans as well as your pet cats and dogs and other domesticated animals such as sheep and cow. One of the classifications of dermatophytosis is tinea manus, a fungal infection affecting the hands.

This common fungal infection is caused by human dermatophytes. This microscopic organism lives on the dead outer layer of skin. Thus, fungi are mostly found in the outer layer area of the skin, hair and nails as this parasitic infection feeds on keratin, the material of which these areas are made up. Fungi thrive on warm and moist areas; however, they can live on the outside of hair shafts and even in their interiors. Living in a warm humid climate is one of the factors that can cause tinea manus.

Pets with fungi also have this infection growing on the outer surface of their skin that is why direct contact to a pet with active lesions can infect you. A weakened immune system due to some medical problems such as AIDS, diabetes or leukemia has a higher chance of developing ringworms. In one’s lifetime, the risk of having this fungi infection is 20 to 30 percent. Nevertheless, how do you know if you have tinea manus? You can start by looking for signs and symptoms.

The first thing you should look for is the appearance of scaly rashes and a general feeling of mild to moderate itching, stinging, and a severe burning sensation on the palm of your hands. Even so, the rashes are not painful at all. Generally, the infection strikes first on the palm or the spaces between your fingers but it could also start anywhere on the hands. Ignoring the infection and leaving it untreated can cause several cracks. Surrounding skin could also be infected and leads to formation of cellulites or inflammations.

When having a check-up, Tinea Manus is usually diagnosed based on a local examination. Doctors usually recognize the infection by the typical appearance of the rashes. Some might even scrap the rashes and examine the sample under a microscope to assess it further. To make a perfect diagnosis, some doctors culture the rashes. Generally, ringworms are cleared through antifungal creams. On the other hand, treating tinea manus depends on the severity of the condition. If it is wet and weepy, soak your infected hand in a solution that contain aluminum subacetate two times a day and add anti-fungal cream. You can easily get these creams over the counter or you can order them online if your too hesitant to go out.