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General Dermatology

Ringworn (Tinea Corporis)

Also referred to as tinea corporis, a ringworm infection develops on the top layer of skin. Characterized by an itchy, red circular rash that has healthy-looking skin in the middle, ringworm originates from a fungus, having no connection to worms.

The fungi are attracted to warm, moist environments, which is why the most common forms of ringworm include:

  • Tinea Barbae, which occurs on bearded areas of the face and neck.
  • Tinea Capitus, which occurs on the scalp.
  • Tinea Cruris, also known as Jock Itch, occurs in the groin area.
  • Tinea Pedis, also known as Athlete’s Foot, occurs between the toes.



Usually, mild cases of ringworm respond well to over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments like clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine and tolnaftate. After cleaning and drying the area, apply a thin layer of the medicine one to two times as directed. If the rash does not clear up within four weeks, your doctor may need to prescribe a stronger topical agent or oral antifungal medication.

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