Tinea

Tinea is a fungal skin infection that commonly affects the groin, feet, scalp, and body folds. The types of tinea are ringworm of the scalp and body, athlete's foot, jock itch, and onychomycosis (nail infection). It results in symptoms like itching, burning, cracking, blisters, discoloration of nails, and bald spots on the scalp.

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What is the treatment for dry patches in the corners of the mouth in a four-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor,My four year old son has a one-inch dry scaly pink (sometimes red) patch next to the corner of his mouth. He is healthy. He uses hypoallergenic sunscreen at his camps. It has been five weeks and it is not getting better. He does not have a history of eczema, etc. It does not itch or hu...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and concern. From your description, it seems like your son has either have pityriasis alba, impetigo or cheilitis (perioral dermatitis). Stop all applications and get a review with a picture at the earliest. Revert with more information to a de...  Read Full »

My wife is suffering from itching and rashes that is spreading rapidly to other body parts. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife had an itching and rashes problem around private parts, including the lower side of the stomach and thigh area. Initially, it was a small patch; but it spread slowly. The patches spread to all areas below her navel; now, there are big patches below the navel and thigh area. We ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.As per the history you have provided and the images shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it is a fungal infection called Tinea. Tinea spreads fast and is contagious. It is not a life-threatening problem. It is a skin infection that completely go...  Read Full »

Will the application of steroids on the affected area aggravate tinea?

Query: Hi doctor, I am attaching the photo of the affected area for your reference. I have severe itching in the back of my thighs, buttocks, and around my genital parts. There is a reddish round shape allergy and bumps on the affected area. The itching in this area is so bad, and I am having itching in o...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is tinea, also known as dermatophytosis, a type of fungal infection. Stop Candid-B cream (Clotrimazole with Beclometasone), as it has steroids and will only worsen this conditi...  Read Full »

I have hives recurring on my thighs. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had hives for a month. They are recurring in my feet, left leg, underarms and face. The rash is in one or more of those places every day. My left thigh has remained inflamed and covered with hives. I have kept a photo diary. I have seen a local dermatologist who did a punch biopsy....  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your history, clinical description and histopathology (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are most likely suggestive of urticaria. Urticaria is an immediate hypersensitivity reaction of the skin to various common triggers such as insect bites, infective fo...  Read Full »

Why is the skin black and itchy on the buttocks, elbows, and around my eyes?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a skin condition where my skin is black and I have itching on my buttocks, hand elbows, and around my eyes.   Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, please mention whether you have two different conditions such as itching and black spots, or suggest whether you have itching on black spots. I need an answer to my question for having a definitive diagnosis. Please mention whether you have black spots or ...  Read Full »

Why are fungal infections so hard to get rid of?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex with a sex worker a few years back. After few days, I tested negative for HIV. I am going through many reputed websites, and they mentioned six months of HIV test needed for confirmation for a particular case. I have a fungal infection (Tinea) for the last seven months, and it ...  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The fourth-generation test is almost confirmatory after three months. But in case of doubt, you can repeat the fourth generation ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) after six months, and if it comes negative even after six months, then there is no need to worry. Y...  Read Full »

Can fungal infection in the penis turn into gangrene?

Query: Hi doctor, I wanted to ask whether I have a fungal infection around the base of my penis. It has been there for over six months, and I have seen the doctor. At first, he prescribed me Daktarin cream. It did not work. I went back, and he gave me Eumovate cream. It worked for a while, and then it cam...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no attached photograph in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to help you better. I need to see the affected area to assess the condition and to suggest appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Read Full »

Will hemorrhoids cause itchy rectum?

Query: Hello doctor,My father has had an itchy rectum for several weeks. He will go one day without an itchy rectum, but it comes back the following day and stay like that for several days. He has tried Hydrocortisone and Clotrimazole but still has an itch. He has a history of hemorrhoids and is taking med...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. When is he having itching in the rectum? Is he a diabetic? Did he take alcohol? Possible causes are like: 1. Hemorrhoids associated with phlebitis. 2. Tenia infection around the perianal region. 3. Eczema around the perianal region. 4. Secondary to ringwo...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest some cream or medicine for an itchy and circular black patch on my back?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a black patch on my back which is almost circular and is itching constantly. It has become quite big in the last three to four months. Can you please suggest what it could be and what I can do? It feels good when I put hot water on it. And it becomes very dry. It has a smal...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you attach the picture of the lesion for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan? Please attach a picture of it.  Read Full »

I have sores on my buttock. What are they?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some sores that have shown up on my buttocks. It started off as red itchy bump and I used some apple cider vinegar on a few of them thinking it was ringworm and it scabbed. I am not sure what these scabs are. It does not look like the pictures I had seen of STDs. But I am wondering ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seemed to be caused by a fungus named tinea. You have got a fungal skin infection. You can apply Clotrimazole ointment after consultation with dermatologist and take Ibuprofen per...  Read Full »

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