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Dr. Candace Spann
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What does ringworm look like when it first starts?

Dr. Candace Spann
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What does ringworm look like when it first starts?

A scaly ring: "ringworm" is a fungal infection that usually appears as a scaly red ring with a clear center. It tends to be extremely itchy. ...Read more

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Dr. Chris Oh
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What does ringworm look like when you first get it on your arm or leg?

Dr. Chris Oh
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What does ringworm look like when you first get it on your arm or leg?

Round with edges: Ringworms have a characteristic appearance- they are round and have scaly edges. It is not a worm but a common fungal infection usually seen in groins, under arms or breasts where there is significant moisture. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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What does ringworm look like when it's healing?

Dr. Tanya Russo
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What does ringworm look like when it's healing?

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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Dr. Janesta Noland
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What does ringworm look like?

Dr. Janesta Noland
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What does ringworm look like?

Varies: But as the name suggests, it is often in round lesions. The patches are typically scaly or bumpy, often with central clearing. They may be itchy. They may be pink or may be more or less flesh-colored. See your doctor if you are not certain. ...Read more

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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What does ringworm look like?

Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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What does ringworm look like?

Which part: Like this if on arm. In the head it looks a bit different. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Strassberg
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What does ringworm look like?

Dr. Howard Strassberg
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Scaly and itchy rash: Often confused with dry skin or eczema, ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, contracted from contact with something or someone contaminated with it. It appears as a round or oval patch of dry scaly skin, slightly raised above the skin level. It has a well defined border, and can be itchy, additional areas of rash can spread from the initial. It is properly treated with antifungal cream. ...Read more

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Dr. Nadia Ghattas
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What does ringworm look like?

Dr. Nadia Ghattas
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Ring worm: They are usually round, red patch in the beginning with raised scaley circumference . Color change later. If you Google you might get a picture. Good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Bader
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How does a ringworm look like when it's healing?

Dr. Robert Bader
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Ringworm going away: When ringworm is treated, it usually becomes less scaly and less red over several weeks. If may take 4 or more weeks to completely resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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What does a ringworm look like when it is not contagious anymore?

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Dr. Francine Yep
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What does ringworm look like and are any at home treatments?

Dr. Francine Yep
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What does ringworm look like and are any at home treatments?

Red ring, clear middle: Ringworm rash is slightly raised, red ring with normal looking skin in the middle. It may be slightly itchy or not itchy at all. Home treatments? Tea tree oil, athlete's foot cream [clotrimazole, miconazole, lotrimin, terbinafine, tolnaftate]. Keep it covered. Don't share your clothing, towels, hairbrushes or other personal items. If it spreads or doesn't get better after 4 weeks, then see your doc. ...Read more

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