Ringworm, Body [Tinea Corporis]

Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin and hair. Another name for this problem is Tinea Corporis. It has nothing to do with worms. A fungus is an organism that lives on dead cells (the outer layer of skin). It can involve the entire body. It can spread from infected pets. Tinea corporis can be a problem in wrestlers who may get the infection form other players/opponents, equipment and mats.

DIAGNOSIS

A skin scraping can be obtained from the affected area and by looking for fungus under the microscope. This is called a KOH examination.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ringworm may be treated with a topical antifungal cream, ointment, or oral medications.

  • If you are using a cream or ointment, wash infected skin. Dry it completely before application.

  • Scrub the skin with a buff puff or abrasive sponge using a shampoo with ketoconazole to remove dead skin and help treat the ringworm.

  • Have your pet treated by your veterinarian if it has the same infection.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your ringworm patch (fungus) continues to spread after 7 days of treatment.

  • Your rash is not gone in 4 weeks. Fungal infections are slow to respond to treatment. Some redness (erythema) may remain for several weeks after the fungus is gone.

  • The area becomes red, warm, tender, and swollen beyond the patch. This may be a secondary bacterial (germ) infection.

  • You have a fever.