Tinea

Tinea is the name of a group of diseases caused by a fungus. Types of tinea include ringworm, athlete’s foot, and jock itch. These infections are usually not serious, but they can be uncomfortable. You can get them by touching an infected person, from damp surfaces such as shower floors, or even from a pet.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the most distinctive signs of tinea corporis is the appearance of an itchy, red, circular rash in the shape of a ring. This rash may resemble a target or a bullseye, and it usually has raised edges. Finding one of these is a helpful way to distinguish this rash from other common skin rashes such as eczema.

Most mild cases of ringworm usually clear up in 2 to 4 weeks. But treatment might be needed for up to 3 months if the infection is more serious or affects the nails or the scalp.

Like hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol can help kill off the fungus that’s on the surface of the skin. You can apply it directly to the affected area or soak your feet in a footbath of 70 percent rubbing alcohol and 30 percent water for 30 minutes.

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