Rest easy, Ringworm is an infection of the skin caused by Fungus, not by actual worms. The types of fungi that cause ringworm are found on the superficial (top) layers of the skin. They grow best in warm, moist areas, such as locker rooms, swimming pools and in skin folds.
Ringworm is contagious, and spreads easily through skin to skin contact. It can also spread when you share towels, clothing, or sports equipment.
How do I know if it is Ringworm?
Symptoms of Ringworm usually include a very red itchy rash, it often makes the patttern of a ring. Your skin may be dry, scaly, and thickened in the areas of the rash. Ringworm of the feet may present between the toes and at the soles of the feet.
How is Ringworm treated?
Most times ringworm can be treated with a topical medicine (anti-fungal cream) that you can buy over the counter without a perscription. Make sure you use the cream till the rash is completly gone or you risk the rash coming back. It will take up to 2 weeks for the rash to clear up. If you do not treat the ringworm your skin could blister, have open sores and become infected with bacteria. If this happens you will need antibiotics.
Prevention of Ringworm:
- Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms and near swimming pools
- Wash your hands often
- Don't share pool towels with your friends
- Wash clothes in hot water with fungicidal soap if suspected exposure occurs
If for some reason your rash does not go away with the use of the cream, medical attention is necessary!