Dermatophyte infection, also known as dermatophytosis (ringworm) or tinea, refers to a collection of fungal diseases that can damage a person’s skin, hair, and nails. The impacted body area makes tinea infections one of the most prevalent causes of superficial fungal infections worldwide. Dermatophyte infections are characterized by a circular, itchy rash with inflamed borders and a central clearing, often known as ringworm.
A dermatophyte infection in one part of the body might generate a skin eruption in another uninfected area of the body. This illness is more common in those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and children. Diabetes mellitus, poor circulation, and topical corticosteroid use are additional general risk factors.