Ringworm- tinea corporis

Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection of the skin commonly in the shape of a ring found on the body causing itching and scaling of the skin. Worms are not involved. The circular rash has a raised border, often with clearer skin in the center or small red bumps. Ringworm is similar to the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot and jock itch, but is not found on the feet or groin areas. This highly contagious fungus can be spread human to human, animal to human, object to human, and soil to human.

Signs and Symptom:

  • Flat scaly areas that develop a slightly raised ring shaped border, often with central clearing
  • Red and itchy

Treatment:

  • Over the counter anti-fungal creams and lotions. Use as directed. Treatment may need to last for 1-2 weeks to cure infection. Follow up with a provider if home treatment does not work or if infection seems to get worse.
  • Prescription anti-fungal medications may be prescribed by a healthcare provider.

Prevention:

  • Avoid direct contact with humans or animals that are infected
  • Clean objects that may have come into contact with an infected human or animal (Clothing, bedding, towels, gym equipment, etc)
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Keep skin cool and dry
  • Change out of wet or sweaty clothing quickly