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