Be able to spot the warning signs of a ringworm rash.
You notice a circular rash appear on your body and you may be wondering, is it ringworm? Ringworm is rather common, and despite its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm. It’s a fungal infection that can lead to a rather unpleasant rash.
While we can give you helpful hints for how to distinguish a ringworm rash from other types of rashes if, in doubt, it’s a good idea to see one of our Fort Lauderdale FL dermatologists for an evaluation since circular rashes can also be a sign of other more serious conditions such as Lyme disease. Schedule an appointment at Skin Center today.
What does ringworm look like?
Ringworm is in the same family with jock itch and athlete’s foot, but instead of developing between the toes or in the groin, ringworm develops elsewhere on the body. You may have caught this infection from another infected person or an animal. You may be dealing with ringworm if you are developing:
- A circular, scaly, red rash that is itchy
- Several little red bumps surrounded by a red ring
- A red raised ring that may grow larger around the infection
- Several overlapping rings
Symptoms are often minor at first and then will continue to grow larger, sometimes with multiple rings appearing.
How can I treat ringworm?
Ringworm is treated with topical antifungal medication, which you can find at your local drugstore without a prescription. If ringworm develops on the scalp or nails, or symptoms are severe, then you may need to see your Fort Lauderdale FL skin doctor for a prescription-strength topical or oral antifungal.
While taking the over-the-counter antifungal, it’s also important that you are practicing good habits to prevent the infection from returning. Some tips include:
- Washing towels, clothes, and bedding every day to prevent re-infection
- Do not bandage the rash, let it breathe; covering it up could impede healing
- Immediately getting out of wet clothes, socks, and shoes
- If ringworm develops on the scalp, use an antifungal shampoo
If symptoms persist for weeks on end or aren’t responding to home care, then it’s time to see a dermatologist.
If you are noticing a new or worsening rash, it’s never a bad idea to see a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment. Call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL at (954) 526-3310 to schedule an evaluation.