Tinea Manuum is an infection that occurs on the hands, and can often be mistaken for skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. It is because of the similarities between this condition and other conditions that it often is misdiagnosed and therefore, the wrong treatment is prescribed. This fungal infection is of the same family of fungi as the fungus that causes athlete's foot.
The symptoms of Tinea Manuum include that it generally only affects one hand and not the other. If both hands are affected, the infections look similar on both hands, and the infection occurs on the backs of the hands as well as the palms of the hands. The area that surrounds the rash has an edge to it that forms a distinctive border.
It is possible to get the proper diagnosis with a simple skin scraping performed at your doctor's office. They can remove skin cells and then have them analyzed for the presence of certain fungi or bacteria. Once the diagnosis is complete, you will then be prescribed an effective treatment to eliminate the infection.
If you have had this type of infection before and this is a recurrence, then you are probably aware of what it is that you are infected with. Once you have had such an infection, it seems that you may be much more likely to have a recurrence. Some of the ways you may contract this condition are contact with another area that is already infected feet or groin, another person that has the infection, direct contact with a contaminated area or with dirt or some kind of animal that is infected with this fungus.
If you think that you have Tinea Manuum, then you should look into the various treatment options and have it dealt with as soon as possible. The longer you allow an infection to stay and take root, the harder it will be to eradicate it, and the more likely you will be to suffer a recurrence.