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How long do ringworms generally last?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology

In brief: Many months

Ringworm if untreated may last for months.
It is an infection on the skin. Mild cases can be treated with anti-fungal creams. More severe cases will require a prescription.

In brief: Many months

Ringworm if untreated may last for months.
It is an infection on the skin. Mild cases can be treated with anti-fungal creams. More severe cases will require a prescription.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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In brief: Not actually a worm

Ringworm is a common name for 'tinea corporis' this is a skin infection caused by a fungus.
The infection forms slightly raised, scaly ring shaped spots on the skin. This appearance resembled a worm to someone in the past . . . Hence the name. There is actually no worm involved. Untreated, fungal infections of the skin can last indefinitely. With treatment, they usually resolve within two weeks.

In brief: Not actually a worm

Ringworm is a common name for 'tinea corporis' this is a skin infection caused by a fungus.
The infection forms slightly raised, scaly ring shaped spots on the skin. This appearance resembled a worm to someone in the past . . . Hence the name. There is actually no worm involved. Untreated, fungal infections of the skin can last indefinitely. With treatment, they usually resolve within two weeks.
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