Superficial fungal infections

Roderick Hay*

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Superficial fungal infections or mycoses are common treatable conditions seen in everyday clinical practice, although they may also present differently in immunosuppressed patients. The dermatophyte or ringworm infections, superficial candidiasis of the mouth, skin or genital tract and infections due to Malassezia, such as pityriasis versicolor, are the main conditions. Although they present with typical clinical changes, generally diagnosis is enhanced by direct microscopy or culture of suitable samples. Treatment largely depends on the use of azole (imidazole/triazole) or allylamine antifungals, applied in short courses topically or for longer periods orally, depending on the site and severity of the infection. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)716-718
Number of pages3
JournalMedicine (Abingdon. 1995, UK ed. Print)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • dermatophytosis
  • fungal infections
  • Malassezia infection
  • superficial candidiasis
  • superficial mycoses


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