Health professionals refer 10 fungal skin diseases as “tineas” and name them according to the region affected ( TABLE 23.1 ). Fungal skin diseases are persistent, in part because fungi can penetrate deeper layers of skin than can ointments and creams. There are fewer antifungal drugs than antibacterial ones, and antifungals often have more severe side effects. Reflect on the evolutionary relationships among bacteria, fungi, and humans. Why it is harder to fight fungi than bacteria? TABLE 23.1 Fungal Diseases of Skin Disease Infected Body Parts Tinea corporis (ringworm) Trunk, limbs Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) Feet, toes Tinea capitis Scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes Tinea cruris (jock, itch) Groin, perianal area Tinea barbae Bearded areas Tinea unguium Toenails, fingernails

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Health professionals refer 10 fungal skin diseases as “tineas” and name them according to the region affected (TABLE 23.1). Fungal skin diseases are persistent, in part because fungi can penetrate deeper layers of skin than can ointments and creams. There are fewer antifungal drugs than antibacterial ones, and antifungals often have more severe side effects. Reflect on the evolutionary relationships among bacteria, fungi, and humans. Why it is harder to fight fungi than bacteria?

TABLE 23.1

Fungal Diseases of Skin
Disease Infected Body Parts
Tinea corporis (ringworm) Trunk, limbs
Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) Feet, toes
Tinea capitis Scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes
Tinea cruris (jock, itch) Groin, perianal area
Tinea barbae Bearded areas
Tinea unguium Toenails, fingernails

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