Tenia Corporis

Definition:

Tinea Corporis is also known as ringworm, tinea circinata, and tinea glabrosa it is a fungal infection of the arms and legs or it may occur any part of the body. It is similar to other form of tinea.

This infection tends to last for a very long time, for years at times; as it is difficult to get rid of this fungus.

Types of Tinea Corporis:

  • Tinea Capitis: Ringworm infection of scalp
  • Tinea Barbae: Ringworm infection of beard area
  • Tinea Pedis: Ringworm infection of foot
  • Tinea Cruris: Ringworm infection of groin area
  • Tinea Manus: Ringworm infection of hands and interdigital spaces
  • Tinea Faciei: Ringworm infection of face except the beard area
  • Tinea Unguium: Ringworm infection of nails

Causes:

Tinea corporis is caused by a tiny fungus known as dermatophyte. These tiny organism lives on the superficial skin surface, when the opportunity is right, they can induce a rash or infection.

Following factors make one prone to develop fungal infection:

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  • Excessive sweating
  • Poor hygiene
  • Using contaminated personal care items (such as: clothing, combs, toothbrush etc.)
  • It can also spread from pets (such as: cats, dogs, cows etc.)

Symptoms:

  • Red raised ring shaped eruption with clearer center
  • The borders may appear scaly
  • Itching

Diagnosis:

  • It is best diagnosed by any trained physician clinically.
  • Skin scrapings of affected area for microscopic examination
  • Culture

Treatment:

  • Antifungal creams – ketoconazole, oxiconazole, clotrimazole or miconazole
  • Antifungal medication- The most commonly used antifungal medications are itraconazole and terbinafine. These medications are given in extensive cases and to prevent secondary infection.

Homeopathic approach for the treatment of Tinea Corporis:

Homeopathy is effective for chronic Tinea corporis. However, as the disease gets older, it tends to get more resistant to any form of treatment. Also, once you use anti-fungal cream for many months or years, this infection becomes more resistant and difficult to treat. Homeopathy is strongly indicated for Tinea corporis.

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