Tinea manuum

Last Updated: 2021-10-15

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: 1F28.Y

Tinea manus.

Mainly adults are affected. Patients tend to infect themselves with a tinea pedum or nail mycosis. 

  • Pathogen
    • Trichophyton rubrum (large majority)
    • Trichophyton mentagrophytes (about 10%)
    • Epidermophyton floccosum (about 4%)
    • Microsporum canis
    • Microsporum gypseum
  • In most cases the transmission is caused by fungal infections at other locations

  • The back of the hands and fingers, the interdigital space and the palms of the hands can be affected. Usually erythematous, scaly, hyperkeratotic-rhagadiform plaques appear.
  • There is an association with the Tinea barbae. 

  • Clinical features
  • Pathogen detection (hair removal or dandruff extraction: then native preparation and culture; biopsy)

Usually only on one hand, can be on both sides.

  • If zoophilic dermatophytes are detected, all animals with which contact has existed should be examined.
  • Examination of other people in the household.
  • The therapy should be carried out with both topical and systemic antifungals!


Topical Therapy

  • Clotrimazole cream

  • Terbinafine cream 

  • Ketoconazole cream

  • Amorolfin Cream

  • Econazole Cream

  • Ciclopirox cream


Systemic Therapy

  • Itraconazole p.o. 200 mg 1x daily 

  • Alternatively: Fluconazole p.o. 50 mg 1x daily

  • Alternatively: Terbinafine p.o. 250 mg 1x daily

  • Children: Although only Griseofulvin is approved for children, we rather recommend the use of Itraconazole

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  2. Bourlond A, Lachapelle JM, Aussems J, et al. Double-blind comparison of itraconazole with griseofulvin in the treatment of tinea corporis and tinea cruris. Int J Dermatol 1989;28:410-2.