What is ringworm?
Ringworm is an infection of the skin caused by fungus and not by a worm. Medically, it is known as tinea and it is further named based on the site of the infection. It is identified by its characteristic red ring of blisters or red scaly rings that grows outward. Children are more at risk of infection but adults can be affected too.
• Children often get the infection by sharing of combs,hats or brushes.
• Adults can catch it via clothing, towels or sports equipment.
• Good personal hygiene is important to avoid the prevention of spread.
• Pets like dogs and cats can be infected and can pass it to humans on contact.
• Red, raised, itchy and scaly patches that can blister and ooze.
• Sharply-defined patches
• The patches are more red at the periphery than the center making it look like a ring.
• If it affects the scalp, bald patches may be formed.
• If it affects the nails, they become thick, discolored and may crumble.
• Keep the skin clean and dry
• Drying or anti-fungal powders, creams and lotions that have miconazole, clotrimazole and such can be applied.
• Wear soft clothing that does not irritate your skin.
• The sheets and clothes you sleep in must be washed everyday.
• Your doctor may prescribe medications like ketoconazole.
• You might receive antibiotic medication to prevent infection from scratching.
• Provide treatment to your infected pets too.
• Keep you feet and skin dry and clean
• Do not share towels, clothing, combs and other personal items. Wash and dry them after use
• wear shoes or sandals in public places like pools, lockers and gyms
• Do not touch pets who have bald spots
What you can expect when you visit our clinics
1. Stop by our front desk to visit a certified Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. No appointment is required.
2. Your medical practitioner will examine your medical background, go over your medical issues, perform an examination and supply you with an individualized plan for treatment. This might consist of non-prescription items or a medical prescription.
3. Towards the end of your visit to our clinic, your medical attendant will give you an overview, an invoice and some instructional material may be given.
4. The overview of your clinic visit can be forwarded to your primary health care provider with your authorization.