Ringworm of the Skin - Topic Overview
Most ringworm of the skin can
be treated at home with creams you can buy without a prescription. Your rash
may clear up soon after you start treatment, but it's important to keep using
the cream for as long as the label or your doctor says. This will help keep the
infection from coming back. If the cream doesn't work, your doctor can
prescribe pills that will kill the fungus.
If ringworm is not
treated, your skin could blister, and the cracks could become infected with
bacteria. If this happens, you will need
If your child is being
treated for ringworm, you don't have to keep him or her out of school or day
- Don't share clothing, sports gear, towels, or
sheets. If you think you have been exposed to ringworm, wash your clothes in
hot water with special anti-fungus soap.
- Wear slippers or sandals
in locker rooms and public bathing areas.
- Shower and shampoo well
after any sport that includes skin-to-skin contact.
loose-fitting cotton clothing. Change your socks and underwear at least once a
- Keep your skin clean and dry. Always dry yourself completely
after showers or baths, drying your feet last.
- If you have
athlete's foot, put your socks on before your underwear so that fungi do not
spread from your feet to your groin.
- Take your pet to the vet if
it has patches of missing hair, which could be a sign of a fungal
If you or someone in your family has symptoms, it is
important to treat ringworm right away to keep other family members from