Tinea Corporis in Children, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

Tinea Corporis in Children, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

Tinea corporis is contagious and can be treated. Tinea corporis treatment is carried out in various forms like the use of medications and other forms of skin applications.

Tinea corporis is considered to be a fungal infection that does affect the skin. It is also referred to as a ringworm. It is highly contagious and can rather spread easily. The symptoms of ringworm infection include ring-like red rashes, scaly, itchy, as well as inflamed skin, itchy scalp, patchy hair loss, and scaling patterns around one’s sole.

Ringworm of one’s body is a skin infection caused by a fungus.

The medical term applied for ringworm is tinea corporis. “Tinea” means of course fungus, the cause of the rash, and “corporis” means one’s body.

It is indeed a superficial fungal skin infection that has been caused by dermatophytes, which happens to be a type of fungus. It can occur on the:

  • Torso
  • Legs
  • Arms
  • Neck


Symptoms of this health issue, that is ringworm on one’s body usually start about 4 to 14 days after contact with the fungus.

Ringworm can rather affect any area of one’s skin, and it can also be found on fingernails as well as toenails.

Symptoms usually do include:

  • A ring-shaped rash
  • Hair loss
  • Red skin that is scaly or cracked
  • Itchy skin

Symptoms can also vary depending on where ringworm is located on one’s body:

  • Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis) – can produce a bald spot that is scaly, red, as well as itchy. Multiple bald spots can appear if the infection does spread across the scalp. It can be mistaken for severe dandruff.
  • Feet ringworm (tinea pedis) – can lead to the skin between the toes peeling, itching, or turning red as well as swollen. It can also cause a pink or even scaly rash stretching across one’s feet. In a few severe cases, tinea pedis may rather result in blisters on one’s feet.
  • Groin ringworm (tinea cruris) – can rather lead to red spots that are scaly and also itchy in the skin folds on one’s inner thigh.
  • Beard ringworm (tinea barbae) – can cause spots that are red, scaly, as well as itchy. This may rather occur on one’s chin, cheeks, and also upper parts of one’s neck. The spots can indeed be filled with pus, and the affected hair can fall out. The spots tend to crust over.

Tinea corporis treatment

Over-the-counter (OTC) topical fungicidal medications can be used to treat a localized infection. The medication can be in the form of a powder, ointment, or perhaps cream. It is applied directly to the affected areas of one’s skin.

Tinea Corporis in Children, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

Tinea Corporis in Children, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention


The pharmacist can help a person choose the right medication. In a few cases, the doctor may prescribe oral medications. 


It is possible to prevent ringworm in the body by limiting contact with the affected person. This does mean both indirect as well as direct contact with that person.

  • Not sharing towels, hats, hairbrushes, or even clothing with someone who is suffering from ringworm
  • taking one’s pet to a vet if the person suspects a ringworm infection
  • Maintaining personal hygiene around other people is important in case the person has ringworm of the body, and not scratching the affected areas of one’s skin
  • Drying one’s skin well after a shower, especially between one’s toes and where the skin touches the skin, like in the groin and armpits

Ringworm can indeed spread from person to person, from animal to person, and via touching objects that were previously touched by someone with the infection.

The person can prevent ringworm by limiting contact with a person who suffering from the infection and not sharing towels, hats, or other items with them. It helps to properly dry off after a shower. Tinea corporis treatment helps cure it.

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