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

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 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.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is ringworm actually a worm?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No worms involved!: Ringworm (tinea corporis) is a fungal infection and can spread to other parts of the body or to other people. Treatment is usually with over-the-counter anti-fungal creams. Rashes that don't go away easily, or those that keep returning after treatment, should be evaluated by a doctor. People with diabetes get more fungal infections, and have a harder time getting rid of infections.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Can carpeting cause ringworm ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not without fungus: Ringworm develops after the spores of a fungus settle in the top layers and begin eating away at the oldest skin cells. Spores may be found in a variet of spaces: dirt, animals, other human contact or in their clothing or towels etc. Your carpet may be contaminated with fungal spores and be a source for ringworm, but you won't get it from the carpet fibers alone.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

For how long does ringworm live on surfaces?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Months: Fungi can live on a surface for an extended amount of time but can be eliminated with a dilute clorox solution such as clorox anywhere.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it true that you can get a ringworm from dirt?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Ringworn - yes.: Ringworm isn't a worm; it's a fungal infection of the skin that results in a red circular rash with darker red around the edge of it, giving the appearance of a worm. So you don't get "a ringworm"; you get ringworm. And yes, if dirt gets under the skin through a cut or scrape, and contains the ringworm fungus, it can cause ringworm. An antifungal cream should clear up most cases.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Is ringworm medicine available over the counter?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, available: Ringworm (tinea corporis fungal skin infection) can be treated with an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream such as lotrimin (clotrimazole) af, which is also available in generic form.

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