Ringworm of the Skin - When To Call a Doctor
If you suspect you have
ringworm of the skin, call your doctor if:
- You have patches of skin that are itchy, red,
or scaly with bumps that look like blisters, and they have not improved after 2
weeks of treatment with a nonprescription antifungal product.
of bacterial infection develop. Signs may include:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness,
tenderness, or heat.
- Red streaks extending from the
- Discharge of pus.
- Fever of
100.4 °F (38 °C) or higher with
no other cause.
- The rash appears to be spreading even after
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If
you get better on your own, you won't need treatment. If you get worse, you and
your doctor will decide what to do next.
You can treat ringworm
at home with medicines you can buy without a prescription. If symptoms do not
improve after 2 weeks of treatment with this medicine, call your doctor.
Any persistent, severe, or recurring infection should be checked by your
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and
ringworm of the skin:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.