tinea corporis

Tinea corporis (tin'-eah cor'-por-iss) - ringworm - is an enlarging, roughly circular scaly patch of skin that may be more or less red in appearance. It is caused by infestation of the top dead layer of the skin with a fungus that grows out from the central point. The infection is effectively treated with clotrimazole (LotriminAF®) applied a couple of times a day for about three weeks. Newer and more effective over the counter medications are available as well, for example Lamisil AT® (terbinafine HCl), applied once or twice a day for 1 to 2 weeks. This infection is mildly contagious until treatment is begun.

See topical antifungal drugs.

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