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
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A ringworm infection is a very infectious and common skin rash presenting as one or more ring-shaped pink/red patches, seen anywhere on the body. It is caused by a fungus.
Infections of the skin can occur in a variety of different forms. Most of them present with some sort of rash, blemish, bump, or nodule, that is present on the skin, though other symptoms can also be present.