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

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

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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Bumps that look like ringworm but only the width of a pencil Itchy, peel dead skin and ooze a little then turn to scabs15 total, legs arms and back.?

Bumps that look like ringworm but only the width of a pencil Itchy, peel dead skin and ooze a little then turn to scabs15 total, legs arms and back.?

Need to examine: What you described does not fit with the usual picture of ringworm. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. It would be prudent to see a doctor.
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Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My friend has ringworm on 3 parts of body. Under arm and front and back of leg. Could it be from my cat?

My friend has ringworm on 3 parts of body. Under arm and front and back of leg. Could it be from my cat?

Confirmed?: If confirmed, recurrent ringworm (tinea corporis) reflects a recurrent exposure to a source. There are 3 basic sources;people, animals and the soil. If you have a furry animal a check with the vet may find it. The other two are harder to source. There are also things that may look like ringworm but are really something else. ...Read more

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9 month old ringworm like rashes on arms torso and lower legs trued anti fungal pills for ringworm did nothing?

9 month old ringworm like rashes on arms torso and lower legs trued anti fungal pills for ringworm did nothing?

See a Dermatologist: For better management of this condition, if you have already seen one, get a revisit or get a second opinion, best wishes ...Read more

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I have patches of an itchy rash on arms and legs. When it started I thought it was ringworm but none of the OTC meds have worked. I have pics. Ideas?

I have patches of an itchy rash on arms and legs. When it started I thought it was ringworm but none of the OTC meds have worked. I have pics. Ideas?

There are lots...: ...Of possibilities, but this time of year it is most likely to be an allergic response to something that came in contact with your arms, such as poison ivy, particularly if you've been working in the garden or camping or clearing weeds. Over-the-counter creams are too weak for such rashes, so let a dermatologist give you a precise diagnosis and treatment. Could we see the photos? ...Read more

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Kitten scratched me on my hands, arms, & legs. Have red bumps all over where he scratched. Cat diagnosed w/ ringworm. Cat scratch disease or ringworm?

Kitten scratched me on my hands, arms, & legs. Have red bumps all over where he scratched. Cat diagnosed w/ ringworm. Cat scratch disease or ringworm?

Allergy?: Sounds like an allergic reaction to the scratches. You cannot get ringworm from the scratch itself. Cat scratch fever doesn't develop immediately after the scratch but within a day or two. Symptoms of cat scratch disease include swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue, and loss of appetite. ...Read more

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I have a very itchy rash on my arms and legs looks kind of like ringworms. I have already gone to the doctor, he prescribed prednisone, atarax (hydroxyzine).?

I have a very itchy rash on my arms and legs looks kind of like ringworms. I have already gone to the doctor, he prescribed prednisone, atarax (hydroxyzine).?

Time: Give time for medicine to work, unless your condition change to the worse. Your always can see your dr again or seek 2 nd opinion. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes, I have a small rash on my thigh, just got over ringworm on arm, ringworm or herpes?

I have genital herpes, I have a small rash on my thigh, just got over ringworm on arm, ringworm or herpes?

Sorry: At minimum it would require taking a history and visualizing this lesion to try to properly diagnose it. Take care. ...Read more

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My doctor gave me clotriamazole & betamethasone for a ringworm on my left arm (but it looks to me petechiae) but it return on my right thigh.??

Okay...: If the ringworm has returned, treat it with the medicines you already have. Treating it locally isn't going to prevent it from popping up elsewhere. If it's clearly another ringworm outbreak, go ahead and do this. Or just use the clotrimazole. ...Read more

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I found rashes along the outside of my armpit, on my hip, thigh and now butt. My doctor said it was ringworm but it doesn't itch at all. I'm scared?

I found rashes along the outside of my armpit, on my hip, thigh and now butt. My doctor said it was ringworm but it doesn't itch at all. I'm scared?

Here are some...: Without a direct look, it's hard to offer an accurate Dx although what you described seems suggesting the appearance of intertrigo resulting from sweating, moisture, warmth, overgrowth of local fungus or bacteria, etc. If the condition isn't improving despite under active Rx, see a dermatologist. To get things done right, follow instructions in
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Have a rash on my nake when I first seen it look like a wingworm now it looks like bug bit that just keep getting worse and a few on my arms now?

Have a rash on my nake when I first seen it look like a wingworm now it looks like bug bit that just keep getting worse and a few on my arms now?

Does it itch?: It can be a bug bite which can get larger for days after. If this gets worse, see your doctor. If it itches, a topical Hydrocortisone cream may help. If it shows pus later on, then it is likely from a spider bite which needs be treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I feel like k I have ringworm on my legs (below the knee) how you know it is a ringworm. It light brown-ish. How to get rid of it?

I feel like k I have ringworm on my legs (below the knee) how you know it is a ringworm. It light brown-ish. How to get rid of it?

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. Patches that have been treated and healing may have a temporary brown discoloration. ...Read more

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A circular non itchy rash on leg for 2 months. At first there was a large spontaneous bruise with it. Mystery autoimmune? Ringworm? Other?

A circular non itchy rash on leg for 2 months. At first there was a large spontaneous bruise with it. Mystery autoimmune? Ringworm? Other?

Annulare granuloma: Consists of a series of red bumps arranged in a circular formation. The cause is unknown and may be a chronic condition for up to two years no known therapy seems to work. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has what looks like a ringworm on his arm. Its been there for a month and I haven't caught one. How can he get rid of it?

My boyfriend has what looks like a ringworm on his arm. Its been there for a month and I haven't caught one. How can he get rid of it?

First diagnose: It may or may not be a superficial fungal infection, but in order to be certain it would have to be seen. Go have a dermatologist look at it and recommend diagnosis. If not, your local pharmacist has some otc meds you can try. Tell him you are treating a dermatomycosis. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a ringworm scar on my arm?

How do I get rid of a ringworm scar on my arm?

Give it time: Ringworm, which is actually a fungal infection, usually appears paler or darker than the surrounding skin. This is a normal part of the healing process following inflammation of the skin. With time, the color should return to it's previous color. True scarring would be unusual from a ringworm infection. ...Read more

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There is a ring-like round vaccination-like "scar" on my arm. Could it be ringworm from 5 years ago (first noticed this). Didn't bother me or spread.

Not sure: I am not sure what you are describing. It would be best to have someone look at it and tell you what it is. See the doctor for an answer. ...Read more

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2 non itchy rash. First rash all over my stomach and arms looks like ringworm for a month. Second a cluster of buttons (back) new. What can this be?

It's not common: To have ringworm all over, and don't understand this "second cluter of buttons". I would need to see the rash and get more history like have you tried any topicals? ...Read more

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I have a skin rash only on the upper part of my arms. It looks similar to ringworm but isn't red ir itchy. I get it every year around october...

I have a skin rash only on the upper part of my arms. It looks similar to ringworm but isn't red ir itchy. I get it every year around october...

Dry skin?: It is not easy to guess what the problem is without examination the lesions and getting a more detailed history. Having said that, I would guess that dry skin is the likely cause (Oct is usually dry). Try applying a moisturizer on the area immediately after bathing and see if this helps. ...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