Current Fungal Infection Reports

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 126–131 | Cite as

Review on Tinea Incognita

  • Patricia Chang
  • Gabriela Moreno-CoutiñoEmail author
Fungal Infections of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (A Bonifaz, Section Editor)
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Tinea incognito is a superficial dermatophytosis that clinically has been modified by misuse and misadministration of corticosteroids, topical or systemic, and less frequently by immunomodulators such as pimecrolimus, either by auto-medication or prescription. As a consequence, the dermatophytosis has an atypical clinical presentation, without the classic signs that orient us to a prompt diagnosis. In these cases, the mycosis may clinically mimic other skin diseases, or may superimpose on a previous dermatosis, usually an inflammatory one. The diagnosis and treatment are the same as for any other dermatophytosis, as well as the etiological agent, so here the most important element is clinical suspicion that will allow adequate and prompt treatment.


Tinea incognita Topical steroids Misdiagnosis KOH mount Fungal culture Skin biopsy Clinical suspicion Differential diagnosis Eczema Contact dermatitis Immunosuppression Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) Tinea 


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Patricia Chang and Gabriela Moreno-Coutiño declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dermatology Service Social Security General Hospital – IGSSGuatemala CityGuatemala
  2. 2.Mycology Section, Department of Dermatology“Dr. Manuel Gea Gonzalez” General HospitalCiudad de MéxicoMexico

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