Ringworm on the body, also known as tinea corporis, is a fungal infection of the body that develops on the top layer of the skin.
Its other name is tinea. The fungal infection is characterised by an itchy 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.
Anti fungal medications are used to treat mild ringworm. If the rash does not improve after about a week's treatment, see your doctor. More severe infections may require anti-fungal pills.
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Last reviewed: August 2017