Thank you everyone who took a stab at this week’s Medical Maladies Quiz! Here’s the answer I was looking for was: piedra, more specifically, white piedra. This is a type of fungus. It is kind of rare, from what I understand. We studied fungicidal drugs the week before I posted the quiz. 😛 Coincidence? Think not!
There are two different types of piedra and they occur in different climatic conditions. Black piedra is most common in the tropical regions of the world that have high temperatures and humidity. White piedra is found in temperate and semi-tropical climates and parts of the southern United States. Both of these two fungi target hair, but they are each specific to certain parts of the body. Black piedra will usually affects scalp hair, and white piedra will affect pubic hair, beards, and eyebrows. These fungi will cause the hair shafts to break eventually. Treatment with many fungicidal drugs available will get rid of the problem.
I think I will be spacing these cases out a little more in the future. Maybe once or twice a month, but I’ll be sure to make the cases more involved(maybe allow commentators to “order tests” or something similar). Let me know if you’d like this tweak or suggest one of your own. Cheers everyone!