One of the rarest of skin disorders, Pinta is a bacterial skin infection caused by the bacterium Treponema creponum. The disease can be classified into three stages and after an incubation period of 2 to 3 weeks, the initial symptoms become visible to the eye. The lesions are usually itchy and may combine to form large plaques. The bacterium Treponema causes several infectious diseases such as yaws, syphilis and bejel.
HOW IS PINTA DIAGNOSED?
The disease is endemic to Mexico, Central America and Colombia.