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What does a ringworm look like typically?

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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.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What does ringworm look and feel like?

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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.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

What does ringworm look like?

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Dr. Brian Flyer
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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).
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The "ringworm" may seem like the center is clearing while the outer marins are spreading outward. It may itch.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a ringworm and what does it look like?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Mild itching; C Pic: A ring-shaped lesion with serpentine borders and mild, flaky scales, typically causes mild itching. 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 31-year-old member asked:

What is ringworm and what does it look like in general?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
A fungal infection: A fungal infection often with ring-shaped lesion with serpentine borders and mild, flaky scales. Topical lamisil, lotrimin, or tinactin (tolnaftate) are available otc and all seem to work fine 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.
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What does ringworm look like when it first starts?

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Dr. Candace Spann
Dermatology 22 years experience
A scaly ring: "ringworm" is a fungal infection that usually appears as a scaly red ring with a clear center. It tends to be extremely itchy.

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