Archive Of Standardized Exam Questions: Tinea Corporis


This page is dedicated to organizing various examples of standardized exam questions whose answer is tinea corporis. While this may seem a odd practice, it is useful to see multiple examples of how tinea corporis will be characterized on standardized exams (namely the boards and the shelf exams). This page is not meant to be used as a tradition question bank (as all of the answers will be the same), however seeing the classic “test” characterization for a disease is quite valuable.


Question # 1

A 14 year old boy is brought to the clinic because of a worsening rash on his arm for the past 4 days. The initial rash was about the size of a nickel, but has since grown, has raised edges, and is becoming more and more itchy. The patient has tried using moisturizing cream, but has not noticed any improvement. The patient just came back from a weekend wrestling meet in Massachusetts. He recalls that another student on his team had a similar rash last week, but that it looked more like a “target”. This patient does not take any medications and has no allergies. A physical exam confirms the present of the rash (shown below) on his left forearm. What is the likely diagnosis in this patient?


What is the likely diagnosis in this patient?



Page Updated: 11.25.2016