|Cross-Section of Skin|
|Tinea nigra affects the topmost layer of skin.|
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- South Africa
- Puerto Rico
- Coastal areas along the Southeastern seaboard of the United States
- Has an irregular shape with a darker border
- May be itchy or scaly
- Tends to expand over time
- Use care when traveling in high-risk areas.
- Avoid contact with potentially infected material, such as rotting wood, dirt, sewage, or compost.
- If you must work with any of the materials listed above, take the proper safety steps. Wear gloves and other protective gear.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Dr. Fungus http://www.doctorfungus.org
Canadian Family Physician http://www.cfpc.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
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Tropical travel. American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/tropical-travel. Accessed December 7, 2012.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012
- Update Date: 11/26/2012