$50 Ringworm Q&A

Question

Is it true that ringworm is a symptom/sign of HIV infection?

If so, is it usually in ARS symptoms or advanced HIV/AIDS?

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Answer

Hi,

Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a circular erythematous scaling that spreads and has an area of central clearing giving the appearance of a "ring." It really has nothing to do with worms. It can be seen in HIVers and non-HIVers. It's not considered a sign/symptom of HIV per se. However, it can be seen more commonly and have a more severe, chronic and extensive course in folks who have a compromised or deficient immune system from any cause (HIV/AIDS, cancer, radiation therapy, immunosuppressive medications, etc.).

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Be well. Stay well.

Dr. Bob