Tinea Corporis ( Body Ringworm) BlablaDoctor

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  • Posted By: Admin
  • Posted On: May 30, 2011
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  • Category: Health Groups » Skin » Scaling Disorders
  • Description: Tinea Corporis or ringworm of the body is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of the skin. It is a superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs, especially on glabrous skin, however it may occur on any part of the body. It's characterized by an itchy, red circular rash with healthy-looking skin in the middle. Ringworm gets its name from the characteristic ring that can appear, but it has nothing to do with an actual worm under the skin. Tinea corporis is caused by a tiny fungus known as dermatophyte. These tiny organisms normally live on the superficial skin surface, and when the opportunity is right, they can induce a rash or infection. Most cases are treated by application of topical antifungal creams to the skin, but in extensive or difficult to treat cases systemic treatment with oral medication may be required. Tinea corporis is very contagious and can infect everyone in the household.