Ringworm is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of the skin. These infections are caused by microorganisms called dermatophytes that live on the cells in the outer layer of the skin. There are several types of ringworm base, which is classified according to the affected area. One of these is the body ringworm, which is characterized by an itchy red and round rash with a clear middle.

Ringworm of the body is also known as tinea corporis because of the fungus that causes it. Another form of ringworm is tinea pedis which affects the moist areas between the toes, or also known as athlete’s foot. While tinea cruris, sometimes called jock itch, affects the genitals, inner upper thighs or buttocks. We also have to mention tinea capitis or ringworm of the scalp, that is more common in children and involves red patches on the scalp that might lead to temporary baldness.

Furthermore, tinea corporis or ringworm of the body is the type of ringworm that affects the arms, the legs, the trunk and the face. Ringworm is a problem that might develop in everyone but it is not a serious one. For those with weak immune system, complications may sometimes occur.

There are some methods to help you realize if it is ringworm that develop on your skin. If a red circle of rash with a clear middle is seen on your skin, then it might be ringworm. At first, the ringworm looks like a pimple that keeps on expanding, the skin is getting itchy and a round and flat patch occurs.

There are two ways of getting ringworm. Ringworm is a very contagious infection so it can be spread through direct and indirect contact. A person can directly catch a ringworm from infected person or animal after a skin to skin contact. Indirect contact, like touching infected items might lead to ringworm too. In few cases, even soil contact may lead to this infection too.

Ringworm usually occurs in children and outbreaks of ringworm are common in school or other child care centers. At risk are people with weak immune system such as diabetics or people with HIV/AIDS.

Ringworm treatment differs from case to case. The medicines in treating this infection may be topical or oral medications. Common topical medication are econazol and miconazole, while oral medication are terbinafine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, fluconazole. Some treatments may develop side effects such as gastrointestinal problems or abnormal liver functioning.

It is difficult to prevent ringworm. Some specialists say that proper body hygiene is very important. It is also important not to get in contact with infected persons or pets. 

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