White piedra

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White piedra
SynonymsTinea blanca
Piedra Blanca Micosis.jpg
SpecialtyInfectious disease

White piedra (or tinea blanca) is a mycosis of the hair[1] caused by several species of fungi in the genus Trichosporon. It is characterized by soft nodules composed of yeast cells and arthroconidia that encompass hair shafts.


Trichosporon biegelii


The are several approaches to treat this infectious disease. One approach involves shaving the affected areas. Another approach involves the use of antifungal medication.[2]


  1. ^ Pontes ZB, Ramos AL, Lima Ede O, Guerra Mde F, Oliveira NM, Santos JP (July 2002). "Clinical and mycological study of scalp white piedra in the State of Paraíba, Brazil". Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. 97 (5): 747–50. doi:10.1590/S0074-02762002000500028. PMID 12219146.
  2. ^ Kiken DA, Sekaran A, Antaya RJ, Davis A, Imaeda S, Silverberg NB (December 2006). "White piedra in children". Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 55 (6): 956–61. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2005.11.1033. PMID 17097391.

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