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Is ringworm contagious?

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

Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

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


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How long is ringworm contagious for?

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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How do I keep my ringworm from being really contagious?

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

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

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 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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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

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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 to humans when it's dormant in a cat?

Ringworm: Can pass from cat to human. I am not sure about "dormant". If it has been treated then it is not contagious. I have not ever heard it can be dormant. It is a skin problem. ...Read more

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What does a ringworm look like when it is not contagious anymore?

What does a ringworm look like when it is not contagious anymore?

Tinea corporis: 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. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Healing lesions are usually brown and dry, and with time should assume the color of the surrounding skin. Moisturizing may help it normalize faster. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is ringworm contagious for agter a person has it?

Docs, usually how long is ringworm contagious for agter a person has it?

A day or two...: ...After starting a good topical antifungal agent, there is little if any chance of spreading the infection to others - assuming, of course, that the antifungal cream is being applied diligently, twice a day. ...Read more

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Is ringworm contagious and should I keep my daughter away from her classmates?

Yes, but: The germs of ringworm are contagious but not aggressive. They are not considered a reason for school or day care exclusion if covered and under treatment. Scalp ringworm transfer can be reduced by not sharing combs, brushes or headgear. ...Read more

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Is ringworm a contagious disease?

Is ringworm a contagious disease?

Yes, somewhat: Ringworm is a fungal skin infection, often shaped like a circle on the skin. The fungus is contagious and can be passed from person to person, person to objects, and objects to persons. However, it is not known how much contact it takes to develop the rash. Many times, only one person in the family has the rash. A person usually has the rash on one part of the body, but not the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Is ringworm contagious after using fluconazole tablet?

Is ringworm contagious after using fluconazole tablet?

Ringworm: Fluconazole is a good treatment for ringworm. Wait till the rash has disappeared completely and you won't have to worry about spreading it. ...Read more

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Can ringworm stop being contagious with topical treatment?

Yes: I generally cover it out of extra caution, but after a day or two of topical therapy its ability to spread is reduced. ...Read more

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Could ringworm still be contagious after treatment has started?

Not after 1 week: Treat with anti fungals cream such as Lamisil (terbinafine) for not less than 3-4 weeks, otherwise they will come back. ...Read more

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How long after using anti fungal cream is ringworm contagious?

use it 2-4wks: Need to use it for 2-4 weeks until rash has completely gone away. If rash persists see your doctor for oral medication. ...Read more

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How long after taking terbinafine 250 mg tablets twice a day is ringworm not contagious?

How long after taking terbinafine 250 mg tablets twice a day is ringworm not contagious?

10 days or less: The skin turns over all its outer cells every `10 days. Finger nails are renewed in 6 months, toenails in 12 months. Why are you taking a double dose? ...Read more

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When does ringworm stop being contagious? Is it when the red spots are gone? . I'm always worried about touching the ringworm and spreading it

When does ringworm stop being contagious? Is it when the red spots are gone? . I'm always worried about touching the ringworm and spreading it

Not contagious: Ringworm is not contagious. Topical treatment should work. If over the counter medications for ringworm does not work then you should see a doctor to ascertain if it is something other than ringworm.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My brother has head fungus but it doesn't look like ringworm. It looks like red patches in random shapes. Is it contagious? How do I avoid it forever

My brother has head fungus but it doesn't look like ringworm. It looks like red patches in random shapes. Is it contagious? How do I avoid it forever

Tinea capitis: If your brother is being treated properly with oral & local antifungal medications, he should not be contagious after 48 hrs of starting the treatment, don't share towels & sheets, his should be washed in hot water, dried in dryer, & if possible ironed. I hope that answer your questions. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is ringworm still contagious during treatment using prescription medication?

If left exposed, yes: Ringworm refers to a skin fungal infection, and can spread in situations of poor hygiene, direct contact, and sharing of intimate apparel. Complete the course as prescribed and followup in 2 weeks with your prescribing doctor would be prudent. ...Read more

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How long after a child begins treatment for ringworm rash would he be considered non-contagious?

How long after a child begins treatment for ringworm rash would he be considered non-contagious?

A day or two...: ...After starting a good topical antifungal agent, there is little if any chance of spreading the infection to others - assuming, of course, that the antifungal cream is being applied diligently, twice a day. ...Read more

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Hi. How long after being on clotrimazole does it take to get rid of ringworm and how long until it stops being contagious?

Varies: Ringworm treatment will vary from person to person and depend on how bad it is. If it is not improving with topical cream you probably needed to be seen and discuss oral medication. ...Read more

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How long is someone with ringworm contagious for? (# days prior and after skin rash symptoms) What need to do to prevent transfer to others

How long is someone with ringworm contagious for? (# days prior and after skin rash symptoms) What need to do to prevent transfer to others

Good hygiene: And use of antifungal creams will keep you from being contagious I think 2 to 3 days of twice daily applications of cream will get you "non contagious" but continue treatment for 7 to 10 days ...Read more

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Is Tinea/ringworm on back of neck contagious?? My husband has it and I apply his anti-fungal cream.... How can I protect myself?

Is Tinea/ringworm on back of neck contagious?? My husband has it and I apply his anti-fungal cream.... How can I protect myself?

Wash hands: Ring worm is not that contagious. You were exposed to it before your husband realized that he had ringworm. Wash your hands with soap after you apply the cream. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

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