Tinea Manuum

June 1, 2007

Tinea that occurs on the hands is referred to as tinea manuum. For unknown reasons, tinea often affects two feet and one hand. Tinea manuum must be distinguished from allergic contact dermatitis of the hands, which it resembles; this can be done by examination of a potassium hydroxide preparation. Tinea manuum can be treated with a topical antifungal agent.

Tinea that occurs on the hands is referred to as tinea manuum. For unknown reasons, tinea often affects two feet and one hand. Tinea manuum must be distinguished from allergic contact dermatitis of the hands, which it resembles (Figure 13); this can be done by examination of a potassium hydroxide preparation. Tinea manuum can be treated with a topical antifungal agent.