U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 41-year-old member asked:

What does ringworm look like when it's healing?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Healing lesions are usually brown and dry, and with time should assume the color of the surrounding skin. Moisturizing may help it normalize faster.
Dr. Robert Bader
Dermatology 28 years experience
Ringworm going away: When ringworm is treated, it usually becomes less scaly and less red over several weeks. If may take 4 or more weeks to completely resolve.

Similar questions

A 26-year-old female asked:

What does ringworm on the face look like when it's healing?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 42 years experience
Skin gets lighter: While the skin is healing after a fungal infection, as the redness goes away the skin may be lighter than the rest of your normal skin. Protected from the sun with a sunscreen and with time your normal pigment will return.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What does ringworm look like and are any at home treatments?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Red ring, clear middle: Ringworm rash is slightly raised, red ring with normal looking skin in the middle. It may be slightly itchy or not itchy at all. Home treatments? Tea tree oil, athlete's foot cream [clotrimazole, miconazole, lotrimin, terbinafine, tolnaftate]. Keep it covered. Don't share your clothing, towels, hairbrushes or other personal items. If it spreads or doesn't get better after 4 weeks, then see your doc.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What does ringworm look and feel like?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael P. Tabibian
Dermatology 33 years experience
Annular: They are typically annular or somewhat circular in shape with a more advanced and prominent border and relatively more clear in the center. They are itchy and overtime can expand outwards.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does a ringworm look like typically?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
See sample picture: It is usually a ring-shaped lesion with serpentine borders and mild, flaky scales. Topical lamisil, lotrimin, or tinactin (tolnaftate) are available otc and all seem to work quite well for simple ringworm on body, not scalp/bearded areas. Keep area clean, dry and apply the cream 2-3x/day should get rid of it in about 10-14 days. If not better, consult doc for possible alternate diagnosis. Good luck.
A 32-year-old female asked:

What does ringworm look like?

10 doctor answers24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Flyer
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Ringworm: Red rash with a sharp border; sometimes the outer border is ring shaped. Has nothing to do with worms; actually caused by fungus (eg tinea or candida).
Dr. Helena Bentley
Pediatrics 40 years experience
The "ringworm" may seem like the center is clearing while the outer marins are spreading outward. It may itch.
Feb 8, 2012

Related questions

A 36-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
A member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 48-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Last updated Nov 21, 2019

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.