Ringworm (Tinea Corporis) 


Ringworm is not a worm. It is a fungal infection of the face, trunk, and extremities that causes pink-to-red annular patches and plaques with raised scaly borders that expand peripherally and tend to clear centrally.

Signs and symptoms of ringworm

  • A scaly ring-shaped area, typically on the buttocks, trunk, arms and legs
  • Itchiness
  • A clear or scaly area inside the ring
  • Slightly raised, expanding rings
  • A round, flat patch of itchy skin

Causes of ringworm infection

  • Human to human. By direct, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
  • Animal to human. Ringworm can spread while petting or grooming dogs or cats. 
  • Soil to human. In rare cases, ringworm can be spread to humans by contact with infected soil.

Ringworm treatment

  • Topical antifungals. Topical anti-fungal topical products containing ingredients such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, miconazole.
  • Antifungal pills.

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