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Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis) is a fungal infection that appears as itchy, red, scaly, slightly raised, expanding rings on the body. The ring grows outward as the infection spreads, and the center area becomes less actively infected.
Ringworm is contagious. You can catch the infection through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal or by coming into close contact with contaminated objects, such as unwashed clothing or bedding. Treatment usually requires prescription antifungal medication.
A tinea infection in the groin is called jock itch (tinea cruris), and a tinea infection of the foot is called athlete's foot (tinea pedis).
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