ringworm

What Is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a contagious eruption of the skin characterized by a circular, red rash whose interior may appear healthy or contain small patches of red, bumpy skin. Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection, not an actual worm, and is generally spread from person to person through physical contact.

What are the symptoms of ringworm?

The “ring” in ringworm is a raised patch of circular skin – the ring – that is usually red and scaly and may itch. Inside the ring, the skin may appear to be healthy, or it could contain patches of small, red bumps. Several rings may appear at one time and the circular borders may intersect.

Who gets ringworm?

  • People who come into physical contact with someone who has ringworm
  • People who come into physical contact with an animal that has ringworm
  • People who come into physical contact with an object infected by someone who has ringworm, such as a towel

People who are more likely to contract ringworm are those under 15 years of age and those whose work or lifestyle brings them into contact with other, potentially infected, people. Tight-fitting clothing may also increase the likelihood of developing ringworm.

What are the treatments for ringworm?

Most cases of ringworm are treated with antifungal creams. In more severe cases, oral antifungal medication may be in order.

For more information on ringworm, or to make an appointment, call Forefront Dermatology at (855) 535-7175. For the location near you, click here.