Ringworm of the Skin - Topic Overview
- 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
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March 24, 2009
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