A ringworm is a fungal infection that can be located anywhere on your body. They are very noticeable because they form on the top layer of your skin. It will look circular in shape, that will be itchy and red. It has nothing to do with an actual worm.

Some of the symptoms of ringworm include a rash that is circular, red, and itchy. It will also be slightly raised above the skin and will look scaly. You can have one or more than one of these ringworms at the same time on your skin. Some may even overlap. Ringworm is highly contagious and can spread from person to person, animal to person, object to person, or soil to person. They are all caused by microorganisms that turn into parasites.

When you go and see your doctor, they will properly examine you to make sure that you do not have any other skin condition such as psoriasis, or even atopic dermatitis. Sometimes doctors can take scrapings from the rash just to properly identify what it is. Depening on how severe or large the ringworm is, oral medication can be given instead of topical creams. A couple of topical creams that doctors may prescribe are Econazale, and Ciclopriox. A couple of the oral medications that a doctor may prescribe are Fluconazole, and Traconazole. There are side effects that come with taking these medications that patients should be aware of.

If you want to prevent yourself from contracting a ringworm you can educate yourself and others, stay clean, stay cool and dry, avoid animals that are infected, and don’t share personal items. All of these count when you are looking for ways to prevent a ringworm from spreading. Sometimes if the ringworm is mild, you can use over the counter creams also.

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