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Body Ringworm Spread
Maybe: If you scratch the body site, you can load up your fingernails with the fungus and transfer it to your scalp. The process may not be apparent for a while and will have a different appearance in the scalp than it would on regular skin. If established in the scalp, it will take prescription medication to treat it. The fungus gets well-established in the hair root and creams or lotions do not reach it. ...Read more
Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more
Ringworm spreading: 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. New lesions can develop when the original patch is scratched or rubbed; the fungus carries to new skin from the fingernails or towel (for example). Rarely, problems with the immune system can cause widespread infection. ...Read more
Back to basics: Most people diagnosed with "ringworm" actually have something else. If you TRUELY have tinea corporis, a superficial fungus colonizing your body, then the important question is how did you get it? Do you have a serious disease with impaired immunity? Do you have chronic fungus on your feet? Most often this came from a person or an animal, most often a cat. These answers are the answers to the ques ...Read more
Hello, I had previously been diagnosed with ringworm that had spread over most of my body. I'm now concerned that it's in my right nostril?
Did you get tx: Were you treated? Return to your doctor for exam and treatment. ...Read more
If u have body ringworm. Could it be in my scalp since it's on my wrist and hands? I'm worried I spread it to my scalp.
It could be: Ringworm on the scalp often looks similar to that on the body. If you're fair skinned it may look slightly red, round, slightly raised on the outside perimeter & clearer/flatter in the center. It can sometimes scale and may itch. The treatment is different for the scalp, though, requiring Rx oral anti-fungal medication instead of topical creams. ...Read more
Can cause.: But good hand hygeine, proper paring of the nails so that the fungal spores /hyphae underneath the nails don't get spread to other areas. Proper hand hygeine, especially after touching the affected area, and avoiding scratching of the infected areas with pens/pencils as we can transmit infections to other places by using the same pen/pencil without properly cleaning them(fomites-sources of infection. ...Read more
Tea tree oil: Use tea tree oil soap. Do not share towels. Wash hands. Put ointment or whatever you are using to treat existing spots on any new ones that appear. ...Read more
It is unlikely.: Ringworm is a fungal infection, that is spread by skin to skin contact and sometimes via surface contact, such as wrestling mats. If she had clothing on over the rash, she can not spread it through the clothing to the seat. If the area of the rash was in direct contact with the seat, you can clean it off and/or don't immediately sit there with exposed skin. Once she is treated, she is not contagious. ...Read more
I think might have ringworm and I'm afraid of it spreading. It started as a small "bite" and within a week it has spread to a circle.
I got bit by a bug 3 weeks ago and the bite is still there. It almost looks like ringworm but it doesn't itch or spread. What could it be?
Maybe a tick bite: If this is the case, you may be experiencing what is called an "erythema migrans". I recommend seeing your doctor or else get referred to either a dermatologist or an ID specialist. Depending on the geographic location, the rash may represent certain tick borne infections such as Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Human Granulocytic Erlichiosis, Human Monocytic Erlichiosis and several others. ...Read more
I have ringworm and I am taking sopranox, how long before it starts to clear up? What will it start to look like when it heals? Can it still spread?
Complete eradication: Various tenea sp of fungus cause 'ringworm' ring like appearance due to central healing and peripheral spreading is difficult to eradicate without rx strength medication, you may be spreading from one spot to other, or still getting transmitted from same person, same pet, same dirt. You have to see a dermatologist for complete eradication and cure and prevent the source. ...Read more
Need pic: Please send photo of rash to assist with diagnosis ...Read more
What happens if ringworm is not dry and gross looking just a smooth red circle can it still be spread?
It could be: It could still be spread.Get a more detailed answer ›
I went to the beach and didn't shower two days after and I had sand every crevasse on my body and my bed after I showers 7/3/14 I notice a ringworm?
See a doctor : Make an appt. You might need some anti-fungal cream and you'll be good as new! ...Read more
I think I have ringworm not sure itz lots of patches on my skin and has spread and some patches are scabbi. G up and now ichy what can I do?
Ringworm vrs other: Check this site with pictures http://www.Pennmedicine. Org/encyclopedia/em_printarticle. Aspx? Gcid=001439&ptid=1. If you have some certainty what u have is tinea (ringworm) you may try antifungals for athletes foot.(lamisl or lotrimin (clotrimazole) antifungal cream) it may take more than one month to really notice some improvement. If you have too many lesions you may need pills to treat it. In doubt go to dr. ...Read more