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What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection caused by mold-like parasites that can live on the outer layer of skin. Ringworm gets the name from the itchy rash that develops in the form of a circle. Unlike it's name, worms are not the cause of this rash, instead it develops through a fungal infection from skin-to-skin contact with a person who has it. 

Help for Ringworm at Bronson

If ringworm is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Symptoms of Ringworm

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 

Common Causes of Ringworm

  • Human to human contact - if you come in physical contact with someone who has ringworm it is easily transmittable through touch.
  • Animal to human contact - ringworm can be transmitted through petting a dog or cat who has it. Ringworm is commonly found in farm animals like cows and horses.
  • Object to human contact - ringworm can be transmitted through objects that someone who is infected has recently touched, such as personal items like linens, clothing, combs and brushes.

Prevention of Ringworm

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.   

Ringworm Treatment

  • To treat mild cases of ringworm, be sure to keep the infected area clean and dry.
  • Apply over-the-counter antifungal creams to the area until symptoms are resolved.
  • If symptoms don't resolve or get worse contact your primary care physician right away. 

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.