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Ringworm of the body

Ringworm, also known as tinea corporis, is a fungal infection of the body that develops on the top layer of the skin. The fungal infection is characterised by a red circular rash with clear skin in the middle. Ringworm is contagious and can be spread through contact with other people or animals. Despite the name, no worms are actually involved.

If the rash does not improve within two weeks, see your doctor. Anti fungal medications are used to treat mild ringworm whereas more severe infections may require anti fungal pills.

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