Ringworm is a fungal infection. Medical assistance is available, which helps in treating the condition.
Check if you undergo these symptoms
Rashes are the main alarm sign of ringworm. Depending on your melanin complexion, this condition may look red, silver, or darker in shade than your skin tone.
Rashes’ texture might be scaly, dry, swollen, or itchy.
Ringworm can begin on any part of your body, mainly in the scalp and groin region. The rash takes a round shape in most cases except on your neck, face, or scalp region; it can grow and multiply quickly in some individuals.
Aid from the pharmacist
A pharmacist can assist you with this; speak to them firsthand. They suggest antifungal medicines or an ointment; it can be a gel-based or a spray, depending on the area of the infection.
You must have these antifungal medicines every day for four weeks to get the best results.
When to consult a doctor
See the doctor if;
- You feel even after undertaking the antifungal medicines, and the rashes have not disappeared
- Your scalp dry or itchy due to ringworm, then antifungal tablets and shampoo should be given as a prescription
- You undergo a weakened immune response
Spread and cause of ringworm
Fungs are responsible for the cause of ringworm conditions.
It is contagious; it spreads through physical contact with:
- An infected person or animal
- Infected utensils like bedsheets, combs, and other personal wear
- Rarely from soil contaminated by this fungus infection
- Undergo the treatment as early as possible
- Regularly change your bedding
- Maintain an excellent personal hygiene
- Wash your hands and leg frequently
- Examine your pet regularly with a vet doctor, for it may undergo a ringworm infection (patches of missing fur)
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 04 October 2022