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Tinea corporis

  • Definition

    Tinea corporis is a skin infection due to fungi. It is also called ringworm of the body.

    See also:

    • Tinea capitis
    • Tinea cruris (jock itch)
    • Tinea pedis (athlete's foot)

    Alternative Names

    Fungal infection - body; Infection - fungal - body; Tinea of the body; Tinea circinata; Ringworm - body

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Tinea corporis is a common skin disorder among children. However, it may occur in people of all ages. It is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes.

    Fungi thrive in warm, moist areas. The following raise your risk for a fungal infection:

    • Long-term wetness of the skin (such as from sweating)
    • Minor skin and nail injuries
    • Poor hygiene

    Tinea corporis can spread easily to other people. You can catch the condition if you come into direct contact with an area of ringworm on someone's body, or if you touch contaminated items such as:

    • Clothing
    • Combs
    • Pool surfaces
    • Shower floors and walls

    The fungi can also be spread by pets (cats are common carriers).