White piedra

Last Updated: 2020-07-21

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Beigel 1869.

Trichomycosis nodosa, Piedra alba, Trichosporose.

Hair shaft infection by the saprophytic yeast fungus, Trichosporon beigelii.

Especially in the subtropics.


  • Trichosporon spp. especially T. beigelii
  • Whitish, roughly palpable, pin-sized nodi in the area of the hair shaft
  • The hair often becomes brittle

In the area of the head, beard and armpit hair. Inguinal infestation.

  • Haircut
  • Laundry should be washed at a minimum of 60°C
  • Systemic therapy
    • Terbinafine p.o. 250 mg 1x a day for 6 weeks
    • In case of disseminated infestation:
      • Amphotericin B i.v., initial: 0.1 mg/kg bw/d., if necessary increase the dose up to 1 mg/kg bw/d.
      • Alternative: Flucytosin i.v. 40-50 mg/kg bw/d 4x daily for 4 weeks
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