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Carpeting Cause Ringworm
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Recurrent tinea: The most common cause of recurring ringworm is not using the topical medication long enough (it should be applied at least 3 days after the lesion is no longer visible). Another consideration would be re-exposure from a source such as playmate or pet. When the treatment becomes difficult with topical medications, oral antifungals may be indicated. They are available by prescription only. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Really?: First you have to make the diagnosis. Koh exam involves gently scrapping the skin and examine the scales under the microscopic by an md. Ringworm is a fungus acquired by skin to skin contact, soil to skin, or animal to skin. Over the counter Lamisil (terbinafine) cream may cure the problem. ...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
A fungus: Ringworm is a terrible name, as it has nothing to do at all with a worm...it is merely a name for a fungal infection of the skin. The same fungus that causes athletes foot or jock itch, can cause the infection you have on your neck. Easy to treat-call you Dr. for a cream. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In patients with darker skin types, any cause of redness or inflammation can heal with darker spots, called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih). The best way to prevent this is to control the redness/inflammation early, by treating the ringworm if that is the cause of redness. Pih takes months or years to fade once the original rash has been treated. ...Read more
PIPA: Geofridge, you probably have pigment in the dermis from chronic inflammation caused by the fungus, referred to by dermatologists/ dermatopathologists as post inflammatory pigmentary alteration or PIPA. It will take a long time to finally blend away, in some cases years as the melanin is removed from the dermis by histiocytes (macrophages). Dr Hilliard ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I've noticed that I have a ringworm like rash under my arm. I've had it for a few days now. possible causes; pond, cats (utd on shots), new meds. ?
FromCats orA Person: You can not get ring worm from shots or meds.You can get it from cats and from another person who is infected ...Read more
Fungus: Multiple species of tinea fungus cause infections known as ringworm and may vary depending on the part of the body affected. They feed on keratin and can be fairly contagious. Estimated that 20% of the population may have some type of fungal infection, and can be transmitted to and from pets as well. Multiple treatments both topical and oral available once correct diagnosis made. ...Read more
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