Symptoms and Signs of Ringworm on Body (Tinea Corporis)

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Medically Reviewed on 2/11/2022

Doctor's Notes on Ringworm on Body (Tinea Corporis)

Ringworm is a common, contagious fungal infection of the skin. Unlike its name, it is not related to a worm but caused by fungi known as dermatophytes. When the condition occurs on the body, it is called tinea corporis.

Symptoms and signs of ringworm skin disease include:

  • scaly red skin rash that can appear as round, ring-like red patches;
  • rash may be raised and form plaques on the skin; and
  • itching and scaling of the skin.

Other symptoms and signs of ringworm skin disease may include:

Ringworm disease can occur in all parts of the body including the scalp, beard area, feet, genitals, or face.

What Is the Treatment for Ringworm on Body?

Ringworm can be treated by a variety of different antifungal creams, some of which are available over the counter. It is usually necessary to use these creams or preparations for at least 2 weeks to fully get rid of the infection.

In cases that do not respond well to antifungal creams, an oral medication can be prescribed by your doctor. There are different oral medications that can be used, and they usually must be taken for 3 months to cure the ringworm fungal infection.


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