Tinea Corporis Overview
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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