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Will you get ringworm from swimming?

Will you get ringworm from swimming?

Not likely: Ringworm or tinea is caused by a fungus known as a dermatophyte. It lives on human and animal skin. It prefers moist areas of skin, but can grow anywhere on the body. It can be acquired by direct contact with infected skin of animals or humans. The dermatophyte does not live in water so it is unlikely that you would get it from swimming. ...Read more

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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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I believe I have contracted a ringworm from a public swimming pool a week ago . Everyday it gets more pus inside of it , surrounding the ringworm?

I believe I have contracted a ringworm from a public swimming pool a week ago . Everyday it gets more pus inside of it , surrounding the ringworm?

Doctor can evaluate: Ringworm on the skin is a fungal infection of the surface of the skin, called a Tinea corporis infection. It generally does not get pus inside it. A pus-forming infection more often has bacteria as the cause. Thus, a doctor should look at the skin problem and offer a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have been using medicine for ringworm for three days can I go swimming?

I have been using medicine for ringworm for three days can I go swimming?

Yes: I assume you are using a topical antifungal for the ringworm (a fungal infection of the skin and not actually a worm despite the name). If you are using a topical treatment and are swimming right after you normally apply the medication, wait until after swimming and then apply to avoid it being washed off before it has penetrated the skin. If it is a pill, swimming will have no effect. ...Read more

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If I have a ringworm/fungal infection can I go swimming in clorine water?

If I have a ringworm/fungal infection can I go swimming in clorine water?

You should: have your fungal infection TREATED BEFORE you use a common pool! People REACT to seeing ANY skin problem in other swimmers. You CAN go swimming in a chlorine trteated pool but you SHOULDN'T (In my opinion!!!) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I think I have ringworm not sure itz lots of patches on my skin and has spread and some of the patches are scabbi.G up and now ichy what can I do ?

Ringworm vrs other: Check this site with pictures http://www.Pennmedicine.Org/encyclopedia/em_printarticle.Aspx?Gcid=001439&ptid=1. If you have some certainty what u have is tinea (ringworm) you may try antifungals for athletes foot.( lamisl or lotrimin (clotrimazole) antifungal cream) it may take more than one month to really notice some improvement. If you have too many lesions you may need pills to treat it. In doubt go to dr. ...Read more

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How do I treat ringworm?

Anti fungals..: Anti fungal creams like clotrimazole can help with this. You can find them over the counter. If despite this treatment you still have symptoms consult your PCP or Dermatology for a accurate evaluation. There are other skin conditions that resemble ringworm and might need other type of treatment. ...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