Ringworm on Body Glossary of Terms

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Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal org...

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Antifungal medication: A drug used to treat fungal infections.

Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Athlete's foot: A skin infection caused by a fungus called Trichophyton that thrives withi...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Contagious: capable of being transmitted from one human to another human via direct or ind...

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Corticosteroid: Any of the steroid hormones made by the outer portion (cortex) of the adre...

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Diaper rash: An inflammatory reaction localized to the area of skin usually covered by the...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Fungus: A single-celled or multicellular organism. Fungi can be true pathogens (such as hi...

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Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for distinguishing a person from every...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Jock itch: A common fungal infection sometimes referred to as ringworm, involving the skin...

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Lesion: An area of abnormal tissue change. Lesions vary in severity from harmless to serio...

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Leukemia: Cancer of the blood cells. Strictly speaking, leukemia should refer only to canc...

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Lifetime risk: The risk of developing a disease during ones lifetime or dying of the disea...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Microscopic: An object so small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope (for examp...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat ...

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Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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