How Do I Know If I Have Ringworm?

Do you suspect you have ringworm but aren’t sure what it is or what it looks like? Let us help!

What is ringworm?
Ringworm is actually a skin infection caused by a fungus. Ringworm has the ability to occur anywhere on your body. While the general name is ringworm, the area it is located on your body will change the name. If it occurs on your feet, it is athlete’s foot. If it occurs in your groin, it is known as jock itch. If it lands on your scalp, it is scalp ringworm.

How do I know if I have ringworm?
The main giveaway to ringworm is it’s circular appearance with a raised and scaly board. It may start out with the inside of the ring maintaining your skin’s natural color or it may develop as with a pink-ish hue. Ringworm can develop in small or large areas and can spread quickly to nearby areas or to other regions of the body.

How do you get Ringworm?
“Ringworm can happen to anyone, anywhere,” added Dr. Maggiolino. “It is not a regional problem. Your chances increase though if you live in a tropical area, spend time in hot and humid weather, or sweat heavily. It is also more common for people who play contact sports including wrestling and football.” Ringworm is also possible to contract when you come in contact with an infected individual or animal that is carrying the skin infection. Ringworm is actually the most common skin disease seen in cattle, and is also seen in dogs and cats.

How do I treat ringworm?
Ringworm is an extremely contagious skin infection, and it is important that you prevent spreading it to others. Without treatment, the rash tends to grow and cover a larger area or possibly infect other areas of your body. If you suspect that you may have ringworm, start by applying antifungal cream, ointment or spray for up to 4 weeks. If you do not see notice the treatment working within 1 to 2 weeks, or if it beings to cover a larger portion of your body, visit your local dermatologist to receive a stronger prescription cream or pill.

Skin Struggles?
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