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What causes tinea?

A group of fungi called dermatophytes causes tinea. These fungi use keratin, a component of skin, as their energy source. How severely you respond to infection depends on the species and strain of the dermatophyte.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Athlete's foot


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