Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)


What Is Ringworm?

Ringworm can be caused by a variety of fungal parasites and is characterized by one or more circular, slightly red, dry, scaly patches that look like rings. Ringworm gets its name from the characteristic ring that can appear, but it has nothing to do with an actual worm under your skin. The interior of the circular patch is generally normal looking or slightly lighter in color than the surrounding skin. Also called tinea corporis, ringworm of the body is closely related to other fungal infections with similar names, including athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris) and ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis).

What Causes Ringworm?

Fungal infections, such as ringworm, are caused by microorganisms that become parasites on your body. This mold-like group of fungi called dermatophytes, live on the cells in the outer layer of the skin. Ringworm is contagious and easily spreads. At Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin we properly examine the condition and treat it accordingly.

Ringworm Treatment Options (not limited to):

Topical Antifungal
Oral Antifungal
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