Written by Dr. Vidya Viswanath, M.B.B.S, M.D. | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB on Oct 31, 2013

Ringworm - Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor do I consult when I see a red, scaly rash?

A It is best to see a dermatologist or a skin specialist who will accurately diagnose the cause of the rash and treat accordingly.

2. How is a diagnosis of ringworm disease made?

A First, the appearance of the patches are studied. It could be a typical ringworm red rash. Infections on the face can have an asymmetrical border. Lesions on the leg can be thickened and show scaly areas. For the right diagnosis, a skin scraping is mounted in KOH and studied under the microscope or the infected material is studied under ultraviolet light for fluorescence. Sometimes even a culture is needed for the diagnosis.

3. How does one get ringworm disease?

A Ringworm disease is acquired due to contact. It is contagious and spreads from one site of the body to another, from one person to another, from pets and from infected surfaces too. Thus crawling children are also susceptible to ringworm disease.

4. How do I know that my pet has ringworm disease?

A If you notice ringworm symptoms like patches of hair loss in your pet, or rash on the face, ear tips, tail and paws, itchy crusty areas on the body, you need to take your pet to the veterinarian for an evaluation. Pets can also be silent carriers.

5. Is ringworm common in babies?

A Ringworm disease is seen in babies but it is more common in children in the 3-14 age group.

6. What is jock itch?

A This is ringworm infection of the groin, seen in those who sweat especially after playing sports. It can also result from wearing very tight clothing. Heat and moisture helps the ringworm causing fungi thrive.

7. How can ringworm disease be prevented?

A It can be prevented by maintaining good hygiene and not sharing personal belongings like combs, brushes, clothing and towels. Showering and changing clothes regularly and keeping the area dry helps immensely.

With adequate treatment and good hygiene, you can wring the ringworm !

Comments

enayet Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ringworm is a common disease in our life. The main causes of ringworm is attack by a fungus from someone who has it or infected by animal who has it well. So there are a lot of home remedy way that can follow and treat yourself at home.

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