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Tinea nigra

Alexandro Bonifaz, MD
Andres Tirado-Sanchez, MD
Section Editor
Ted Rosen, MD
Deputy Editor
Abena O Ofori, MD


Tinea nigra is a superficial mycosis caused by the dematiaceous, yeast-like fungus Hortaea werneckii. The infection most often presents as an asymptomatic, hyperpigmented macule or patch on the palm (picture 1A-C). Less frequently, tinea nigra occurs on the soles of the feet or in other locations (picture 2A-C). The course of tinea nigra tends to be chronic; however, the infection resolves quickly with appropriate treatment.

The clinical features, diagnosis, and management of tinea nigra will be reviewed here. Other cutaneous fungal infections are reviewed separately.

(See "Dermatophyte (tinea) infections".)

(See "Tinea capitis".)

(See "Tinea versicolor (Pityriasis versicolor)".)

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