Tinea incognito in an urban pediatric population

Thomas Stringer, Julia K. Gittler, Seth J. Orlow

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Tinea incognito (TI) describes a common dermatophytosis with often atypical clinical features attributed to inappropriate use of topical immunomodulatory agents, usually corticosteroids. Given the high prevalence of TI and limited literature detailing this condition, we conducted a retrospective review of cases of pediatric dermatophytosis presenting to the Faculty Group Practice of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine (New York, New York), between 2005 and 2016. Among microbiologically confirmed dermatophytosis cases, we found that even with prior treatment, TI often presented with classic features of tinea such as annularity and scale. The majority of cases were treated with oral antifungals, though some were treated with topical antifungals alone. This case series underscores the need to maintain a high clinical suspicion for TI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-372
Number of pages3
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Stringer, T., Gittler, J. K., & Orlow, S. J. (2018). Tinea incognito in an urban pediatric population. Cutis, 102(5), 370-372.