Symptoms and Signs of Ringworm on Body (Tinea Corporis)

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

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 is due to fungi known as dermatophytes. When the condition occurs on the body, it is known as tinea corporis.

Symptoms and signs of ringworm skin disease include a scaly red skin rash that can appear as round, ring-like red patches. The rash may be raised and form plaques on the skin. Itching and scaling of the skin are typical associated symptom. Other symptoms and signs of ringworm skin disease can include scaling of the scalp, patchy hair loss, and blistering. Ringworm disease may occur in all parts of the body including the scalp, beard area, feet, genitals, or face.


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