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Who is most at risk for trichomycosis nodularis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Ttrichomycosis nodularis can affect any age group, race, and gender. Because trichomycosis nodularis is caused by an infection of fungus, those who are most at risk are those who frequently come into contact with fungi. For example, the fungi Piedra iahortae and Trichosporon ovoides that cause an infection of black piedra are typically found in South East Asia, South America, and other tropical areas. The fungus that causes white piedra, Trichosporon beigelii, is normally found in Southern parts of the United States and most parts of Europe. Both versions of fungi can be found in stagnant water, soil, crops, air, plants, and on skin. In some cultures, like those found in parts of Malaysia, the nodules of black piedra caused by trichomycosis nodularis are considered highly attractive and some women choose to bury their hair in soil overnight, in order to encourage the nodules to form. This cultural norm and other unsanitary habits can promote an infection of trichomycosis nodularis.

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