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Tinea is a highly contagious fungal skin infection. The fungus which causes tinea thrives in warm, moist environments. Commonly affected areas include the feet (athlete’s foot), groin (jock itch), scalp, beneath the breasts and nails of toes and fingers . Tinea can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or indirectly. Sometimes the infection can grow in a circular ring patch and can be described as ringworm, although no worm is involved. The infections are not usually serious but can be uncomfortable and itchy. A red patch can appear and often this area will blister, crack, split , weep and peel. Treatment includes anti fungal medication and good hygiene, it can take up to 4 weeks for the infection to clear

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Last updated: 5th December, 2016