What is Ring Worm?

Ring Worm is also known as Tinea Corporis which is a fungal infection of the skin and nails. Its called ring worm because the classic rash is in the shape of a ring. It’s often red, raised, and has a area of central clearing, or normal skin in the middle of the rash. It can affect any part of the body and usually causes a red, itchy, raised rash with central clearing and can be isolated or in multiple locations at once. If its on the scalp, hit can cause hair loss.

Who gets ringworm?

Anyone can get it but those with weakened immune systems, use public showers, have poor skin condition (dry and cracking skin), or are in wet or moist conditions are more susceptible than others. Also, animals have harbor this fungus and transmit it to humans through close contact. it can spread from human to human, animal to human, and environmental surfaces to human.

How is ring Worm Treated?

The treatment depends upon the location on the body. Ring worm that affects the scalp must be treated with oral antifungal medication ( Terbinafine or Griseofulvin) and skin infections elsewhere can be treated with a topical cream ( Lotrimin ). Treatment can can take anywhere from 10-21 days or sometime longer.

When should I go to Urgent Care?

  • If over the counter medications don’t work after 10-14 days
  • If you develop a fever
  • If the ring worm is on the scalp
  • If the rash worsens despite your treatment with OTC medication

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