Tinea Corporis (ringworm): this is a fungal skin infection that involves the extremities/trunk of the body.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
The fungus Trichophyton rubrum is the most common cause of this condition, however other fungi can be responsible.
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
Athletes that have skin-to-skin contact (wrestlers), humid environments, contact with infected animals (such as rodents)
- Rash: general itchy
- Scaly, erythematous, prussic patch with centrifugal spread
- Clearing center with raised border possible (looks like target/bull’s eye)
First line therapy (localized infection): typically topical antifungals are used initially
Second line therapy (extensive infection): oral antifungals are a more aggressive treatment strategy
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