What is ringworm of the body?
What causes ringworm of the body?
- tinea pedis, commonly called
- tinea cruris, also known as
- tinea capitis, also known as
Symptoms of ringworm of the body
How is ringworm of the body spread?
- Person to person: This happens through direct contact with the skin of a person infected with ringworm.
- Pet/animal to person: This occurs when you have direct contact with an infected pet. Both dogs and cats can spread the infection to people. Ferrets, horses, rabbits, goats, and pigs can also spread ringworm to people.
- Inanimate item to person: It’s possible to get ringworm through indirect contact with objects, including hair of an infected person, bedding, clothing, shower stalls, and floors.
- Soil to person: Rarely, a ringworm infection can be spread through contact with highly infected soil for an extended amount of time.
Who’s at risk for ringworm infection?
- living in damp or humid areas
- excessive sweating
- participating in contact sports
- wearing tight clothing
- having a weak immune system
- sharing clothing, bedding, or towels with others
How is ringworm diagnosed?
How is ringworm treated?
- clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF)
- miconazole (Micatin)
- terbinafine (Lamisil)
- tolfaftate (Tinactin)
Potential complications of ringworm infection
How can ringworm infections be prevented?
- Avoid sharing towels, hats, hairbrushes, and clothing with someone who has the infection.
- Take your pet to see a vet if you suspect a ringworm infection.
- If you have ringworm of the body, be sure to maintain good personal hygiene around other people and avoid scratching the affected areas of your skin.
- After a shower, dry your skin well — especially between the toes and where skin touches skin, such as in the groin and armpits.