What Is Ringworm?
Dermatology

What Is Ringworm?

    What Is Ringworm?

    Ringworm is an infection caused by a fungus called dermatophytes. Learn what causes it and how to treat it!

    Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin. It usually appears on the scalp, face, trunk, arms, legs, feet, hands, buttocks, groin, and other areas where hair grows.

     

    What Causes Ringworm?

    Ringworm is caused by a type of fungus known as Dermatophytes. These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments such as those found inside homes and under clothing. They also thrive in places with high humidity, such as bathrooms and basements.

     

    How Do You Know If You Have Ringworm?

    Ringworm is characterized by small, scaly patches of skin that appear on the scalp, face, arms, legs, feet, and groin area. In some cases, ringworm can spread to other parts of the body. This condition usually occurs when people come into contact with infected animals or soil contaminated with the fungus.

     

    How Can I Prevent Ringworm?

    If you notice any signs of ringworm, such as redness, scaling, itching, or pain, see your doctor right away. You should also avoid scratching the affected areas because this can make them worse.

     

    How Do I Treat Ringworm?

    Ringworm is usually treated with topical medications, such as creams or ointments. These treatments will help reduce the symptoms of the infection and prevent further spread. However, these treatments won't cure the infection.

     

    How Long Does Ringworm Last?

    Ringworm is contagious and can last anywhere from 2 weeks to several months. If left untreated, ringworm can cause permanent scarring.

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