Symptoms don't develop right away, it may take one to two weeks before symptoms show.
- Red or itchy ring-shaped area
- Red, scaly, cracked skin
- Hair loss in infected areas
- Ring-shaped area with a scaly center covered in small pimple like bumps ranging in colors
Preventing ringworm is difficult. It is contagious before symptoms develop and it is easily spread through physical contact. The best way to avoid ringworm is by educating yourself and others on symptoms and ways it is spread.
- Keep yourself and areas around you clean. Wash your hand frequently and continually disinfect areas that are shared by many, like bathrooms, locker rooms, children's play areas and workout rooms.
- Stay cool and dry. After working out or excessive sweating, be sure to shower and wash clothes and equipment that has been used. Avoid wearing heavy layers of clothing for long periods of time in warm or humid weather.
- Be aware of animals that may be infected. If you notice a pet with a dry patch of fur missing, talk to your vet about having your animal checked for ringworm. Wash your hands after petting animals and be sure to give your animals baths regularly.
- Avoid sharing personal items. Don't share combs, brushes, clothing, or linens with others. Be sure to clean your personal items, especially after someone has used them.