Tinea Corporis

Also known as: body ringworm, ringworm

What is tinea corporis?

Tinea corporis is the medical term for ringworm. It’s a red, circular rash that can become quite itchy. Despite the name, it’s not caused by a worm.

What might cause tinea corporis?

Ringworm is caused by a fungus. It can occur due to the following:
  • Jock itch
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Scalp infection

How can it be treated?

If tinea corporis is mild, you can treat it yourself by keeping the area clean and dry and using over-the-counter medications such as clotrimazole or terbinafine.  

When should you seek medical attention?

If tinea corporis is severe or doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications, see your health care provider

Reviewed by: Otto Ramos, MD

This page was last updated on: February 06, 2020 01:14 PM