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Tinea Corporis

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Body ringworm

  • Tinea corporis is more commonly known as ringworm. It is a fungal infection of the skin.  The rash is generally ring shaped and has a scaly border.  Treatment is usually with anti-fungus creams or with oral anti-fungus pills.

  • A rash is present.  The rash can be either ring shaped with a scaly border and a clear center, or it may just be a scaly patch.  It is usually reddish in color.
  • Often the rash is itchy.

  • Ringworm is due to a fungal infection of the skin.  It usually occurs on areas of the body not covered by clothing, such as the arms and face.
  • Sometimes, it can be spread to humans from an infected cat.

  • Examination -- the doctor usually easily recognizes the typical appearance of the rash.
  • The doctor may also scrape the rash and look at a sample of it under the microscope.
  • Sometimes a culture of the rash may be needed to make the diagnosis.
  • Rarely will a biopsy needed.

  • Treatment with any one of the numerous anti-fungus creams.
  • Usually, such treatment needs to be continued for 1 to 2 weeks after the rash has cleared.  Sometimes, over-the-counter anti-fungus creams are enough.  Other times, you may need a prescription-strength cream.
  • Creams usually do not work on fugal infections of the nails.  These need to be treated with oral anti-fungus medicines.
  • For ringworm that does not respond to creams, an oral anti-fungal medicine such as Griseofulvin (250-500 mg twice a day for 2-4 weeks), Itraconazole 200 mg once a day for one week), or Terbinafine (250 mg once a day for 4 weeks) needs to be used.
  • Treatment is usually successful within 4 weeks.

  • General measures used to prevent fungal infections are important.  Keep the skin dry.  Moist skin encourages fungal infections.
  • Dry all areas of the skin after a bath or after heavy sweating.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Change socks frequently -- this is especially important for those who have a tendency to perspire a lot.
  • Try to wear open-toed shoes or sandals.
  • Use talcum or other drying powders to keep dry the areas that perspire.
  • People using steroid creams, taking steroid pills, or those with diabetes have a higher chance of developing fungal infections and need to be especially careful.

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