Mycetoma is a chronic infection of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and sometimes the bones. In people affected with Mycetoma, sinuses are discharging organisms. Mycetoma is caused by several fungi or actinomycetes. Symptoms:
• Grows as a small painless lump under skin
• Grows slowly affecting muscles and bones
• Middle of lesion caves in discharging pus containing grains
• Sinus tracts also discharge organisms
• Scarring of skin
HOW IS MYCETOMA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is based on the evaluation of the discharge which is extracted using a needle. Occasionally, the general physician may need a skin biopsy.
HOW IS MYCETOMA TREATED?
Treatment includes use of oral and topical antibiotics. The condition takes a longer time to heal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mycetoma is endemic in the tropics and subtropics and it is named after the region of India where it was first described in 1842.