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I heard that ringworms are contagious? Is it really?

I heard that ringworms are contagious? Is it really?

Yes: Ringworm is not caused by a worm but rather by a fungus or yeast. Like most infections it is contagious and spread by contact with infected persons or animals. It can also be spread by touching the objects used by infected persons such as comb, brush, clothing, toys. Washing hands and objects touched by infected persons helps. Avoid direct contact with infected persons. ...Read more

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Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

Ringworm is neither ring or a worm -- it is a skin rash that can be circular and slowly enlarging with redness and scale caused by ...Read more


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How do I keep my ringworm from being really contagious?

Treat it: Treat it with a topical or oral fungal medication. Until it's gone, don't share clothing or ...Read more

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What are ways to keep my ringworm from being really contagious?

Have it treated.: Have it treated. Avoid contact to other areas. Wash your hands regularly. ...Read more

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Is ringworm contagious?

Yes: Yes, so it needs to be treated with an antifungal cream. Try an over the counter product until you can see a medical professional. ...Read more

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How long is ringworm contagious for?

Long as rash lasts: Ringworm is a fungus infection. It is common and spreads fairly easily. It is contagious for as long as you have the rash on your skin. ...Read more

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Ringworm advice? I think I have it, am treating it, but don't understand how i got it, or how contagious it is?

Antifungals.: Ringworm is a type of fungus, and is quite contagious via direct contact with humans or animals. Try to treat it with an otc antifungal cream. However if it does not respond or you have more than one lesion, see your doc. You may need prescription antifungals, either topical or oral. ...Read more

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Is ringworm contagious ? Will it ever go away and what to use for it?

Yes: "ringworm " is a misleading reference to a fungal infection. It has nothing to do with worms and yes it can be cured. Other than the scalp if it is a limited infection, topical medications otc or by prescription can be very effective. See your pcp or dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Ringworm is it contagious and will it go away and what to use for it?

Ringworm: The term ringworm or ringworms refers to fungal infections that are on the surface of the skin. The name is derived from the early belief that the infection was due to a worm, which it is not. Ringworm is a fungal infection in the skin. Nevertheless, the name ringworm remains. Ringworm is contagious and can be passed from person to person by contact with infected skin areas or by sharing combs etc. ...Read more

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How long is ringworm contagious for after a person has it?

Until treated: This superficial dermatitis is produced by a fungus which will remain present and communicable until treated and cured. ...Read more

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Following being on medication for ringworm, will it still be contagious?

Following being on medication for ringworm, will it still be contagious?

RINGWORM CONTAGIOUS: ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR COURSE OF MEDICATION, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE CONTAGIOUS. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more