Ringworm (Tinea Corporis, Fungal Skin Infection)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

Tinea Corporis – Shoulder

Ringworm – Chest

Ringworm – Arm

Tinea Corporis (Ringworm):

  • Appears as a circular, scaly, raised area which is frequently clear in the centre
  • There are usually between 1 to 6 lesions on the body
  • It may affect the skin, palms, soles, nails, groins, creases and scalp
  • Is caused by one of several species of dermatophyte fungus
    • The most common fungal species are Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes
  • Does not affect the blood or internal organs
  • Is transmitted by direct skin to skin contact
    • It is commonly found in wrestlers, football players and in other athletes
  • May also be transmitted if a person’s skin comes into contact with spores (seeds) that have been spread from an infected person
  • This may occur:
    • Walking in bare feet on a change room floor
    • Wearing infected clothing
    • Shaking hands or
    • Other innocent skin to skin contact
  • Is not caused by diet
  • Is not caused by poor hygiene
  • May persist for months or years if left untreated

Treatment:

  • A variety of creams and pills are available
  • Please talk to your doctor to discuss your options