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5 Types of Skin Fungus


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Tinea Corporis
Ringworm isn't caused by a worm at all, but by a fungus.
Ringworm isn't caused by a worm at all, but by a fungus.
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Tinea corporis is a skin fungus that forms on the body's trunk or extremities. This type is more likely to affect women than men, as opposed to jock itch or athlete's foot, which are both more common in men.

A person can get tinea corporis from other people, animals such as cats and dogs, or even objects such as clothes or towels. Acute tinea corporis starts and spreads quickly to develop red pustular lesions and patches. On the other hand, chronic tinea corporis can look quite different -- spreading slowly and developing less severe rashes.

Tinea corporis is also known as ringworm of the body. It's important to note that although skin fungus can be called "ringworm," it has nothing to do with a literal parasitic worm. Rather, it simply refers to the ring shape that the rashes form.

As with the previously discussed fungi and fungal infections, anti-fungal creams and ointments are commonly used to treat tinea corporis, as are oral medications.


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