Ringworm is a skin rash caused by a fungal infection, similar to athlete’s foot and jock itch. This skin rash condition can be spread through skin-to-skin contact. Ringworm does not involve a worm; the name is derived from the raised, ring-shaped pattern of the rash that can also be itchy with a scattering of red bumps.
Over-the-counter antifungal medications are usually enough to eliminate ringworm within one to two weeks. If your skin rash persists for a longer period of time or grows more irritating or spreads, you should see a dermatologist for professional-strength treatment to eliminate the rash and symptoms.
Effective, Professional-Strength Ringworm Treatment
Dr. Susan Spitzler and Dr. Emma Murad may prescribe stronger steroid or corticosteroid topical ointments to treat persistent cases of ringworm. In cases that spread, antibiotics may be necessary. Treatment will also focus on providing relief from itching and caring for the affected skin. You should also focus on keeping the affected area clean and dry to minimize itching.
Fungal infections like ringworm can spread beneath the skin at times and cause serious health complications. Those who have compromised or weakened immune systems may find it difficult to get rid of fungal infections like ringworm. The fungus can live in soil, on animal skin, human skin and other hard objects. It can be contracted by contact with any surface or substance where the fungus lives.
When an outbreak of ringworm persists or becomes problematic in any way, contact us at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta for expert diagnosis and treatment.