What Does Ringworm Look Like?


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Liam Sheasby answered
Ringworm, otherwise known as Dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection of the skin. Some people mistake the name for referring to an actual worm, or are told so as a prank, but this is not true. Ringworm can be caught by humans, cats, dogs and farm animals such as cattle and sheep.

Ringworm lives off Keratin. Unfortunately, all human skin is heavily made of keratin, so no avoiding that problem. Keratin is a fibrous structural protein and is integral to skin cells, hair and nails.

The ideal conditions for ringworm, like all fungal growths, are warm and moist conditions. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people have ringworm, whether they know it or not. It is common in people who play sports, like Athlete's Foot, and certain competitive contact sports suspend a competitor's right to perform until they are given the all clear.

Athlete's Foot is one of the many varieties of Dermatophytes that occur. Tinea Pedis is Athlete's Foot, whilst Tinea Corporis affects the arms and legs. It can be caught in a number of ways. Sharing clothing or sporting equipment can cause it, as can walking barefoot. It can even transfer between species, so from cat to owner.

Anyone who thinks they have Ringworm should consult a doctor or a dermatologist. Treatment generally consists of orally-administered drugs and sometimes a dip in spore-killing chemicals. This is more common with pets and farm animals though.

To avoid infection you should not share clothes, equipment and towels. You should shower regularly and thoroughly. If you do catch the fungal infection then you will be advised on how to rid your home of any spores or how to make sure there aren't any.

Sometimes Ringworm is mistaken for Pityriasis Rosea; a skin rash. Additionally, the fungi can exist on a person but not take form.
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Muhammad Nadeem answered
No, ringworm infection is due to a type of fungus which causes infection on skin only and don’t enter in blood stream. Infection can be on head, trunk, and nails. This infection is contagious and can be transferred from infected objects and animals. Itching and inflammation on the skin are major symptoms. In dogs and other animals, hair loss in circular patches is also seen. Treatment is possible by use of oral or topical anti fungal medicines.
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Anonymous answered
Yes, my son as a 2 year old did get ringworm into his bloodstream making him very sick. In the beginning it started out just on the skin, but as time went on it got into his bloodstream. The doctors did prescribe medications for this and it went away in like 2-3 weeks.
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Amman Aamir answered
Ringworm is a very common disease of the skin. The medical name for it is "tinea", and it is caused by a fungus infection. You usually see ringworm on the arms and legs. The most common from of it is one, or several, raised round sores on the skin. They seem to heal in the centre while the edges continue to grow outward. Sometimes the healed centre part becomes reinfected, and then a second "ring" develops and grows inside the original ring. In some cases of ringworm, the centre does not heal at all.
A ringworm sore starts as a small, slightly raised area with a reddish colour. Then it gets redder and there may be some blisters and a slight itching or burning sensation.
Another common type of ringworm is ringworm of the scalp. This is a very contagious form and children seem to catch it very easily.
It is very difficult to destroy the fungi that cause ringworm, so treatment of the patient usually consists of trying to prevent the infection from spreading, until it eventually ends.
Ringworm is a highly contagious disease, and it can be spread by animals as well as human beings. Objects that are handled by people with ringworm can infect other individuals.
The best way to treat it is to catch this disease in its first stages. Go to a doctor for treatment. He will see to it that it does not spread to other parts of the body and help you to get rid of it as quickly as possible.
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Anonymous answered
A ring worm (tinea) is a kind of skin infection in the shape of a reddish ring; it is a fungal infection that causes the skin to erupt in itchy dry blisters. It can spread to various parts of the body like the scalp, the groin and the back and feet.

Ringworm is a contagious condition and the infection generally spreads from person to person though it has also been known to spread from animals like cats and dogs. Doctors generally scrape the skin around the blister to examine it under a microscope to determine the nature of the infection as ringworm symptoms are similar to those of dermatitis and in some cases that of psoriasis and eczema.

Over the counter anti fungal ointments and lotions help in case of mild infections; tea tree oil is an effective remedy especially in the treatment of ringworm in the scalp which causes rapid hair loss. The treatment period is generally of 15 to 20 days depending on the severity of the infection.
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Katie Harry answered
Ringworm is a fungal skin infection which appears as a small reddish ring on the skin. The scientific name of this disease is Tinea corporis. The parts of your body that are mostly covered, and are warm and moist are most susceptible to this disease. The incubation period of ringworm is 10-14 days.
The common symptoms of ringworm include a small ring that eventually clears from the center. Ringworm may also infect the scalp causing people to develop a temporary bald spot and the hair in the infected area may become brittle.
To prevent ringworm, wear airy clothes. Make sure your feet are completely dry before you put on socks and change your socks frequently. It is also important that you air your shoes quite often too. Also do not share clothing, towels or footwear in public places.
If you do have ringworm, it can easily be treated by an anti-fungal cream. Usually a terbinafine 1% cream is topically applied twice every day until the symptoms disappear. Sometime, medicine may also be given orally.
courtney smothers Profile
It is usually a small circle on the skin, it looks like a dry patch of skin, you can get medicine from the doctor for it there is no faster way to get rid of it.( because it is a fungus it will spread unless you treat it as soon as possible)
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Anonymous answered
Contrary to what this guy said- ringworm does pus like a  blister. I've had ringworm several times. It does not puss like a blister it is more like a pimple when it starts you can squeeze it and a yellow oily substance will come out. When I first got ringworm on my hand I popped it several times and I thought it was just a pimple then it kept getting bigger.
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Anonymous answered
To person with son: Does your son have poison ivy? It can be round sometimes and pusses
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Anonymous answered
Ringworm lesion does not contain pus. Its lesion is characterized by reddish/brown bumpy patches of the skin which can be lighter in the center and looks like ring. These are dermatophytes (Fungi) and usually grow on hands, arms, legs, head  and trunk. Ringworm is contiguous to some extent because it can be transferred by skin to skin contact.
Treatment with topical antifungals like clotrimazole, isoconazole, ketoconazole, miconazol, itraconazol and terbinafine can be helpful.
In my opinion you should not guess about your problem and visit to a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Dermatologist will diagnose it by looking at the lesion or he can also use wood light lamp.

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Anonymous answered
Yes it has pus!!!or some liquid!! I have it right now and the doctor says it totally normal
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charity lynn answered
Do I half to go to the doctor for ringworm orkan, I go to a drug store and get treatment on shelf?
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Anonymous answered
My son have ringworrm with pus for more than one month and the medication is not helping, I don't know what to do any more.

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