Tinea Corporis (Ringworm)

What is Tinea Corporis (Ringworm)?

Tinea corporis is a skin infection due to fungi. It is also called ringworm of the body.

How do you treat Tinea Corporis (Ringworm)?

Keep your skin clean and dry.

Use creams that treat fungus infections.

Creams that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, terbenifine, or oxiconazole are often effective in controlling ringworm.
You can buy some of these creams over-the-counter or your doctor may give you a prescription.

To use this medicine:

Wash and dry the area first.
Apply the cream, beginning just outside the area of the rash and moving toward the center. Be sure to wash and dry your hands afterward.
Use the cream twice a day for 7 to 10 days.
Do not use a bandage over ringworm.

Rarely, you may need medicine you take by mouth if your infection is very bad.

A child with ringworm can return to school once treatment has started.

To prevent the infection from spreading:

Wash all towels in warm, soapy water and then dry them.
Use a new towel and washcloth every time.
Clean sinks, bathtubs, and bathroom floors well after using.
Wear clean clothes every day and do not share clothes.

Infected pets should also be treated.

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