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Fungus Ringworm Overview

Another name for Fungus Ringworm is Tinea Corporis.

What is tinea corporis?
A person with tinea corporis has inflammation of the skin caused by a fungal infection. The infection causes a rash that forms red or pink rings on the skin. Even though the infection is not caused by a worm, the rings have led to the name, ringworm. Tinea corporis is more common in warm climates. With treatment, tinea corporis usually resolves within 2 weeks.

What are the symptoms of tinea corporis?
Symptoms of tinea corporis include round, pink patches of skin. The patches of skin are raised and rough, and they have a scaly border. Occasionally, the patches appear darker than the surrounding skin.

How does the doctor treat tinea corporis?
Treatment for tinea corporis may include a topical antifungal cream or lotion. Additional treatment may include oral antifungal medication.

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Last Updated: Aug 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Fungus Ringworm References
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