Tinea Corporis (also called ringworm)

    Tinea corporis (also called ringworm) is a superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs, although it may occur anywhere on the body.

    The appearance of the rash is typically an enlarging red scaly ring with a central clearing. In areas that involve hair like the beard or scalp, there is generally an area of hair loss with the infection.

    If you’re concerned about certain skin conditions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.

    Tinea corporis is caused by a fungus known as a dermatophyte. The disease is usually spread from person-to-person, although sometimes a pet can spread the infection to its owner. The infection can also be spread from inanimate objects like bedding, combs, brushes, or hats contaminated by an affected person. Tinea thrive in humid and moist environments.

    Diagnosis is made by a skin examination, scraping, and fungal culture. Because the fungus grows slowly, the culture can take several weeks to become positive.

    Most cases of tinea respond well to topical antifungal creams. When the cases are widespread, systemic treatment with oral medications may be needed. Although the rash infection usually resolves within two weeks, it is best to continue topical therapy for an additional week to ensure that all of the fungus is eradicated. Common antifungal creams prescribed by Dr. Green are clotrimazole, miconazole, and ketoconazole.

    When oral antifungal medications are needed for extensive infections, the medications are commonly taken daily for at least one week. The two most common antifungals are griseofulvin and terbinafine. The fungus can easily be treated and prevented in individuals with a healthy immune system.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to get treatment for ringworm.