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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 a superficial fungal infection.
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Fungal infection: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. If a cream is used that the fungus is susceptible to then on average 2-3 weeks of treatment will "cure" most ringworm. Obviously a larger area or underlying disease like diabetes slows treatment progress as sugar is a good "food". Please treat the area for at least a week after any visible sign of the lesion has disappeared to prevent recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pneumonia. My only symptom was sharp abdominal pain. I read it could be caused by fungus. Could I have gotten it from my rabbit's ringworm?
Unlikely: Abdominal pain can be a presenting symptom of pneumonia, as the process can prevent normal intestinal motility just beneath the breathing muscle (large intestine).Pneumonia is generally viral or bacterial. Fungal pneumonias are rare and usually only affect people with compromised immune systems.The rabbits ringworm would not be the type of fungus that causes pneumonia. ...Read more
Ring-like rash: Ringworm is called this because it classically forms a raised ring of scale and mile redness. Often the center part of the ring is clear, or relatively clear. However, it does't always look this classic. Ringworm needs to be treated with an anti-fungal medicine. Topical or systemic meds can both work. It can be easy to diagnose so if in doubt you should be seen. ...Read more
Physical contact: Ringworm is a contagious skin infection that is actually caused by a fungus and not by a worm. It is spread by direct contact with an infected person or animal and has also been known to spread by contact with contaminated personal items like towels and sports equipment. See you family doctor or dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis, as well as for treatment. ...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
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