Tinea Manuum (Fungus in the Hands)
Tinea manuum is a fungal infection that affects one or both of your hands. The infection affects the outer layer of your skin. Signs of tinea manuum include dry, thickened skin on the palms and itchy, round patches on the back of your hands. Tinea manuum usually occurs with athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). But sometimes it can happen in your hands alone.
Tinea manuum affects:
- The back of your hands.
- Your palms.
- The skinfolds between your fingers.
Symptoms of Tinea manuum
There are several common indications of tinea manuum such as:
- The affected area on your hand will commonly start small and gradually become larger over time.
- The infection will generally begin on the palm of the hand and may or may not spread to your fingers and the back of your hand.
- The area affected with tinea will be red, itchy, and have a scaly appearance.
- The infected area may also peel and flake.
The area may also blister and contain a clear liquid depending on the fungus causing the tinea.
Causes of Tinea manuum
Anyone can get this condition, however there are some who are more likely to get it than others such as:
- those who play sports that involve close contact with skin
- those who use public showers in places like gyms or elsewhere
- those who handle or are around animals
There are numerous reasons why tinea develops. You can contract tinea by coming into contact with someone who has the fungus because it is contagious. Moreover, it can spread when your skin touches a surface that has been contaminated by a person who has tinea.
Are you suffering from this condition? At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
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