What is it?

The tinea corporis rash is caused by a fungus. There is usually a circular, itchy rash in the middle with clearer skin around the edges. The appearance of ringworm gives it its name. Worms are not involved.

There are three types of ringworm on the body: athlete's foot (tinea pedis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis). It is usually spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Ring worm of the body

Signs & symptoms

A scaly ring-shaped area on the buttocks, trunk, arms, and legs
In white skin, a clear or scaly area inside the ring, with a scattering of bumps ranging in color from red to reddish, purplish, brown or gray on black and brown skin.
Itchy skin that is round and flat


By looking at it, your doctor might be able to diagnose ringworm. Skin scrapings from the affected area may be examined under a microscope by your doctor.


You can treat the affected skin with prescription-strength antifungal medications, such as lotions, creams, and ointments. Your doctor might prescribe antifungal pills if your infection is particularly severe or extensive.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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