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  • Ringworm (body)

    Posted on February 8, 2013 by in Heath Care News, News

    Definition

    By Mayo Clinic staff

    Ringworm of the body is one of several forms of ringworm, a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of your skin. 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 your 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).

    Symptoms

    The signs and symptoms of ringworm include:

    • A circular rash on your skin that’s red and inflamed around the edge and healthy looking in the middle
    • Slightly raised expanding rings of red, scaly skin on your trunk or face
    • A round, flat patch of itchy skin

    More than one patch of ringworm may appear on your skin, and patches or red rings of rash may overlap. You can have tinea infection without having the common red ring of ringworm.

    When to see a doctor
    See your doctor if you have a rash on your skin that doesn’t improve within two weeks. You may need prescription medication.

    See your doctor immediately if you experience:

    • Excessive redness
    • Swelling
    • Drainage
    • Fever
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