Q: Is ringworm really caused by worms in the skin?
A: No! Ringworm, or Tinea Corporis, is actually caused by a fungus. The term likely comes from the appearance of the rash, which can have a ring-shaped border around it and look like a worm with raised borders that snake around the edges.
Q: Is the condition common?
A: Yes! Ringworm is very common in both children and adults. You have had variants if you have ever had athlete’s foot or jock itch!
Q: Who gets ringworm and where?
A: Ringworm can appear anywhere, but common locations include the scalp, groin and the arms. In some locations like the hands and feet, the classic ring shape of the rash may be absent. It can affect anyone, from young to old! The condition is commonly seen in those who have encountered an infected animal and those who are active in sports like wrestling or who use public showers and facilities without taking proper precaution.
Q: How do I know if I have ringworm?
A: If you have a red rash that is circular and with edges that look like a crawling worm – it is likely that you have ringworm. Many times the rash is itchy and often flaking as well. If you have any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your dermatology provider because the condition is easy to treat. However, if left untreated, it can spread!
Q: What are some available treatments?
A: There are many different creams, ointments, washes, and pills that can treat ringworm. When you meet with your dermatology provider, they will assess your skin and determine the best course of treatment. In most areas, the rash will clear up in 2-4 weeks; however, in some locations like the scalp and nails, it may take longer to see things clear up completely.
If you think you or your child might have ringworm, you can make an appointment by contacting us today. We can assess your condition and provide personalized treatment options.